Charting The Nation
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Sp Coll Mu3-x.5/2
Glasgow University Library
Holy Island Fairn Islands with the many Rocks & Hazards that ly Scattered in that Sea:
[Edinburgh: s.n., 1703]
Adair, John (b.1660, d.1718)
Hume, Patrick, Sir of Polwarth (b.1641, d.1724)
Clark, James (d.1718)
This chart shows the east coast from Sunderland Point to St. Abb's Head and is one of a series of five included in John Adair's 'The Description of the Sea-Coast and Islands of Scotland' published in Edinburgh in 1703. Adair's eye for detail is seen in his careful depiction of the sands around Holy Island and the marking of many soundings, rocks and bearing lines. It is the only atlas chart with a dedication, to Lord Polwarth, the Scottish Lord Chancellor. Comparison with the contemporary work of the Englishman, Greenvile Collins highlights Adair's superior draughtsmanship. James Clark, who worked at the Scottish Mint, engraved all five of the local charts and the quality of his fine line work enhances Adair's precision.
46 x 34.5cm (1' 6 1/8" x 1' 1 9/16")
'John Adair's contribution to the charting of the Scottish coasts: a re-assesment',Imago Mundi, 52 (2000), pp.43-46.
Moir, D.G., Early maps of Scotland, v.2 (1983) p.12.
Bryden, D.J., 'Mr Clerk the graver'; a biographical study in the cultural infra-structure of Early Modern Scotland',Review of Scottish Culture, 11 (1998-9), pp.13-31.
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John Adair, The description of the sea-coast and islands of Scotland, with large and exact maps, for the use of seamen, Edinburgh: [s.n.] MDCC. III. .
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© 2002 Glasgow University Library
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