1900 Bartolomew Pocket Map of Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: A scarce c. 1900 map of edinburgh, Scotland, by John Bartholomew. The map covers edinburgh from Firth of Forth south as far as Colinton, and from the Ravelston Golf Course eastward as far as Portobello. The map notes all streets, parks, municipal centers, some topographical features, rivers, docks, rail lines, and, of course, the city's many fine golf courses. Cartographically Bartholomew derived this chart from the regional Ordinance Survey, from which it is reduced to a more manageable scale. An inset in the upper right details the 'Full extent of Greater edinburgh'.
In the previous century edinburgh was the heart of the Scottish enlightenment. Celebrities from across the continent would be seen in the city streets, among them famous Scots such as David Hume, Walter Scott, Robert Adam, David Wilkie, Robert Burns, James Hutton and Adam Smith. edinburgh became a major cultural center, earning it the nickname Athens of the North because of the Greco-Roman style of the New Town's architecture, as well as the rise of the Scottish intellectual elite who were increasingly leading both Scottish and european intellectual thought. During the 19th century, edinburgh, like most of Scotland, benefited enormously from the Industrial Revolution.
Date: 1900 (undated)
Cartographer: The cartographic story of the Bartholomew family begins with George Bartholomew (January, 8 1784 - October 23, 1871, active from 1797), an engraver in the employ of the Daniel Lizars firm of Edinburgh. George was the first of six generations in the Bartholomew map-making dynasty. It was his son, John Bartholomew Sr. (1805 - April 9, 1861) who ultimately founded John Bartholomew and Sons in 1828. The John Bartholomew firm produced thousands of maps and rose to become one of the largest and most prolific cartography firms in Scotland. John Sr. was succeeded by his son, also John Bartholomew Jr. (1831-93). John George Bartholomew (1860-1920), son of John Bartholomew (1831-93) took control of the firm at its height. John George was a charter member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and supported the creation of a National Institute of Geography - a good idea that never took off. John George is also reliably attributed to be the first to bring the term "Antarctica" into popular usage as a denominator for the Southern Continent. In recognition of his work, John George was awarded a warrant from the king and often used the title "Cartographer to the King" on his imprint. Among his friends and admirers he was referred to as the "Prince of Cartography". Today the John Bartholomew firm has been absorbed into the HarperCollins family of publishers. The vast archive of maps and atlases produced by the Bartholomew family has since been transferred to the National Library of Scotland where it is currently in the cataloguing process. Click here for a list of rare maps by John Bartholomew and Sons.
Size: Printed area measures 20.6 in height x 18.5 inches in width (52.324 x 46.99 centimeters)
Condition: Good. Some wear and slight loss on original fold lines - see image. Backed with linen.
Code: Edinburgh-bartolomew-1900 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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