The 350th anniversary of the volume that led to Scotland becoming one of the best-mapped countries in the world is celebrated this month in the Library's exhibition on Scotland's first Atlas. It was the fifth volume of Dutchman Joan Blaeu's Atlas novus that first put Scotland on the map. Using original surveys by a Church of Scotland minister, the Rev Timothy Pont, it portrayed Scotland in remarkable detail in a total of 47 regional maps with accompanying Latin texts. Volume V was published in Amsterdam in 1654.
Scotland's First Atlas: The Nation Displayed by Joan Blaeu is a free exhibition investigating the Scottish volume's colourful background story. On show at the Library will be original manuscripts and printed maps from the Library's map collections. The exhibition runs from 13 November to 31 January in George IV Bridge. Admission is free. Our press release on the Blaeu exhibition gives further information.
- See the Blaeu Atlas volume V online, with zoomable images and translated Latin texts.
11 November 2004