The Times atlas of the world, 1922

Mexico and Central America on map

Map of Mexico and Central America from 'The Times atlas', 1922.


'The Times comprehensive atlas of the world' is among the most important works of Edinburgh-based mapmaking firm John Bartholomew & Son.

Bartholomew began work on what was then called 'The Times survey atlas of the world' in 1916, using traditional methods such as copperplate engraving.

Nowadays the atlas is published using state-of-the-art techniques.

Both approaches reflect the skill, beauty and artistry of mapmaking at its best.

You can see copies of 'The Times atlas' from 1922 and 2011 in the Bartholomew exhibition, which runs at the National Library of Scotland from 7 December 2012 to 7 May 2013.

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