Maps display shows details of Renaissance Scotland

Visitors to Edinburgh this summer have a chance to see a selection of the earliest surviving detailed maps of Scotland.

Timothy Pont's unique hand-drawn maps give us an illuminating glimpse into the Scottish landscape during the Renaissance period. They have become one of Scotland's greatest historical and geographical treasures.

During July and August, a changing group of four of the fragile original maps is on display, along with enlarged prints of others from the collection. All the Pont maps also feature in a slideshow.

Pont created the first comprehensive survey of Scotland, and his work formed the substantial basis of the first Atlas of Scotland.

The Pont manuscript maps display is open daily from 5 July to 29 August. Admission is free.

2 July 2010

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