In 1654 Joan Blaeu applied for a privilege to publish maps and descriptions of Scotland and received privileges from the State of Holland and West Friesland, Oliver Cromwell, and Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III. His source was a series of manuscript maps by Timothy Pont from his survey of 1596 to about 1600 with information added by Robert Gordon. Blaeu's maps replaced all previous ones and were printed in Latin, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish editions. They remained the best maps until corrected by the surveys of Bryce and MacKenzie in the period 1744 to 1750. Ref.: The Early Maps of Scotland to 1850. 3rd. ed. By D. G. Moir and a Committee of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. (Edinburgh, 1973) and Peter van der Krogt, Koeman's Atlantis Neerlandici. New Edition: II, 266-294.
The following double folio maps are from the Dutch edition of 1654 and feature original hand color, exquisite decorative elements to the cartouches and full margins.
"Scotland or North Britain." From A New and Elegant General Atlas. London: Laurie & Whittle, -1810. 9 7/8 x 8. Engraving. Original color. Some light stains in lower right. Otherwise, excellent condition.
In 1794, Robert Laurie and James Whittle took over Robert Sayer's important publishing business in London and continued to produce maps of the highest quality into the early nineteenth century. With access to the best geographic records and the finest craftsmen, the maps issued by Laurie & Whittle are among the best of the period. This map of the Scotland contains surprisingly good detail in a small format. Rivers, lakes, and many settlements are shown. Also of interest are the shires which are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. An interesting and most attractive map from the beginning of the nineteenth century. $225
Sidney Hall. "Scotland." London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1830. Two, double folio maps. Each 16 1/4 x 22. Engravings. Original outline color. Some transference and minor spotting. Overall, very good condition.
A two part map by British cartographer Sidney Hall, issued in London in 1830. Though other countries, including the United States, had by then developed cartographic industries of considerable quality, British map publishers were still the best in the world. Here, Scotland is divided into two halves. An insert of the Shetlands is included in the Southern sheet, and the Orkneys are included in the Northern one. $150
M. Malte-Brun. "Scotland." From A System of Universal Geography or A Description of All The Parts Of the World. Boston: Samuel Walker, 1834. 9 3/8 x 7 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition.
From Malte-Brun's Universal Geography, issued in Boston in 1834. The text covered all aspects of the world and included numerous tables and over 70 engraved maps, of which this is one. $125
SDUK. "Environs of Edinburgh." London: Baldwin & Cradock, 1834. 12 x 15 1/4. Engraving. Outline hand color. Very good condition.
A detailed and precisely drawn map of the region around Edinburgh by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. The Society is noted for their excellent maps, in particular their series of city maps of all parts of the world. A fine map of the city from the first part of the nineteenth century. $85
SDUK. "Scotland I." "Scotland II." "Scotland III." London: SDUK, 1834. Each approx. 12 3/4 x 15 1/2. Engravings. Outline hand color. Very good condition.
Three other maps by SDUK, these detailed maps showing parts of Scotland. "Scotland I" shows southern Scotland; "Scotland II" shows the Highlands. Included is a list of all of the counties as well as their former names. The Orkneys, Hebrides, and Shetlands are the subject of "Scotland III." Each $40
William Johnson. "Johnston's Map of the County of Linlithgow with the Railways." Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1837+, but no later than 1857. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 20 sections and mounted on linen. Steel engraving by W. & A.K. Johnston. 20 1/2 x 26 3/4. Folding into original red folding covers, stamped in gold. Hinges splitting.
Attached to one section of this map is an advertisement by the firm for a series of maps of The Counties of Scotland, though we find no record of an atlas of these maps being made. This map was one of a number of maps that sold as a sheet for 5 shillings and in a case for 8/6. At the top of this map is the Firth of Forth with many small towns to the south connected by the railroads. Fine details and an inset of "Town of Linlithgow." $250
"Scotland." From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 11 7/8 x 9 3/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Typical time toning in margins. Else, very good condition.
A fine map of Scotland issued by the Philadelphia firm of Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. In 1850 they came out with an updated edition of what had started as H.S. Tanner's New Universal Atlas, and the year before had been issued by S. Augustus Mitchell. This map of Scotland is a good example of their output. Topographical information is clearly presented and towns, lakes, roads, and other information is shown and named. Political divisions are indicated by contrasting pastel shades. $175
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