Descriptions of Scotland newly translated

A new feature in the Maps section of the National Library of Scotland's website now makes is possible for remote users to have access for the first time to descriptions of Scotland published 350 years ago. Newly translated from Latin, these descriptions of the country and her regions come from a volume of the Atlas novus produced in 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Scotland's first atlas. Images of Blaeu's maps were already among our online collection, and have been reunited with the descriptions as a result of the translation project. The English texts are fully searchable, and, like the maps, the original Latin pages are available as zoomable images. View the Blaeu texts, scroll through the Atlas and find out more at

21 January 2004

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