Map of northern Scotland

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Postcard of Map of northern Scotland.
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Map of northern Scotland

This is half of a map of Scotland in two sheets. This sheet depicts northern Scotland. It was taken from the atlas 'Atlantis Pars Altera', produced in 1595 by Gerard Mercator.

The map indicates a seemingly impassable range of mountains running between east and west, which reflects how Scotland was perceived at the time.

Gerard Mercator was one of the best known of the Dutch-Flemish school of cartologists. He developed 'projection' - the projecting of a representation of a sphere onto a flat surface.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-260-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1906.137.1
Date: 1595
Dimensions: 464 mm H x 546 mm W
What: Map
Subject: 5. CARTOGRAPHY, Maps, Scotland (Departmental Classification)
Who: Gerardium Mercatorem (Cartographer)
Where: Scotland, North
Description: Half of a map in two sheets, evidently taken from a Dutch book, depicting the northern part of Scotland, to a scale of 13 Scotch miles to 1 inch, Gerardium Mercatorem, 1595
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