John Cary. "A New Map of Chinese & Independent Tartary, from the latest authorities." From Cary's New Universal Atlas.
London: J. Cary, 1806. 18 x 20. Engraving. Full original hand color. Some light spots in margins. Else, very good condition.
This map was drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl. 1769-1836) in London for the 1801 edition of his New Universal Atlas. Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British Naval power was rising, and mapmaking as both art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies may be evident, but they reflect the knowledge in western Europe at the time they were made. This map shows East Asia with excellent and geographically depicted detail. The original hand color adds a strong decorative appeal to this historic map.