Auction 129, Lot 59

"Plan of the Lengths of the Principal Rivers throughout the World", Thomson, John

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany

Period: 1815 (circa)

Publication: New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

25 x 19.8 inches
63.5 x 50.3 cm

This finely engraved chart gives the river lengths in a thematic form with each river named. In the sea beneath the rivers are numerous ships and a lighthouse on a promontory. Two tables give additional details on river lengths and relative size between several important rivers. The very decorative title cartouche features a river-god. This is one of the most decorative of the nineteenth century thematic maps.


Condition: B+

Beautiful, bright example with fine impression and original margins. The two folds on thick paper have a little separation that is professionally closed on verso with tissue.

Estimate: $300 - $500

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/23/2009