Charting The Nation
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National Library of Scotland
[S.l. : s.n., between 1558 and 1566]
Lafreri, Antonio (b.1512, d.1577)
Forlani, Paolo (active 1558-1571)
This anonymous map is believed to be the second state of the earliest printed map of Scotland issued as a separate sheet rather than as part of a map of Britain. It was printed in Italy, probably during the 1560s, by the Lafreri school of mapmakers. This was a time when Italian geographers were the foremost mapmakers in Europe. A marginal note dates the map to 1558 with reference to an article in the Scottish Geographical Magazine of 1919. This largely depends on the outline on which Skye and Lewis are shown conjoined. It was probably copied from a map produced in Italy in 1558 by Sebastian di Re, which in turn was based on the map of Britain published by George Lily in 1546. The compass card is also of a type found on Italian maps of the 1560s. It has eight points marked with the initials of the winds in Italian. For example T stands for Tramontana, the north wind and G for Grecco/Grecale, the north-east wind.
33.9 x 25.3cm (1' 1 3/8" x 9 15/16")
Taylor, Alexander B., 'The early maps of Scotland - Part III. With notes on the earliest-known printed map of Scotland by Michael C. Andrews',Scottish Geographical Magazine, 35 (1919) pp.41-46.
Moir, D.G., Early maps of Scotland, v.1, 1973, p.164.
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