1840 Black Map of Scotland
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of Scotland. The map covers Scotland from the Orkney Islands to Wigton in the South inclusive of the Hebrides. An inset on the top left corner details the Shetland Islands. In 1843, against the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution, during which Scotland flourished, the Church of Scotland witnessed a division in which many of its ministers, following a decade long conflict, broke away to form the Free Church of Scotland. This map was engraved by S. Hall for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1840 (undated)
Source: Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
References: Rumsey 2305.019 (1854 edition). Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 21 in height x 16 inches in width (53.34 x 40.64 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold. Printed on two sheets joined by published - unequal toning.
Code: Scotland-black-1840 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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