Maps and engravings in special new editions

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Blaeu map of Stirlingshire
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Two historic and significant titles have just been re-published as numbered limited editions.

'The Blaeu Atlas of Scotland' and 'Daniell's Scotland' are published by Birlinn, in association with the National Library of Scotland.

Dutchman Joan Blaeu produced the first Atlas of Scotland in 1654. It included 49 maps of the country, plus 154 pages of Latin descriptive text. The modern edition carries all the Blaeu maps and the first English translations of the text, which were recently done by Ian Cunningham. Also new to this edition are letters from the Blaeus to Sir John Scot, who played a key role in the Atlas project.

Leith engraving detail
Leith, 1813, by
William Daniell
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'Daniell's Scotland' is a two-volume set. It presents the Scottish engravings from painter William Daniell's pictorial record of 19th-century Britain. His eight-volume 'Voyage Round the Coasts of Great Britain' was completed in 1825.

Dr Iain Gordon Brown, the Library's Principal Curator of Manuscripts, has written an introductory essay for the new edition. The 157 aquatint Scottish plates reproduced in the book are in our collections. Previously unpublished are notes, also held at NLS, which author Walter Scott wrote to Daniell advising him about places to visit.

Both titles are casebound in real cloth and are available now, priced £100 each.

20 December 2006

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