A once-disintegrating 17th-century Dutch map, painstakingly restored by the National Library of Scotland, is now on public display.
Delivered to the Library in plastic sack, the near-ruined antique map was so fragmented that some of it resembled confetti. Conservation work has resulted in the map being cleaned and reassembled, with fragments re-attached that had fallen off.
Significant sections have disintegrated and been lost, but enough remains of Dutch engraver Gerald Valck's map to tell a fascinating story.
Because it was first said to have been found stuffed up a chimney in an Aberdeenshire house, it became known as 'the chimney map'. Now it appears to have originally been discovered under a floorboard during restoration of a house on the estate of Castle Fraser, owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
The map is on show in the Library's George IV Bridge building in Edinburgh until 17 April.
13 March 2017