Copperplate

Wigtonshire : 2 items
J. Blaeu T. Pont    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum 1754
£160
53 x 41.5cm


Western Galloway (Wigtonshire). Timothy Pont is probably the foremost of Scotland's early cartographers, and from the early 1580's until his early death in c 1611-14, he surveyed much of the country. Most of his work was not, however, published in his lefetime. The manuscript maps he left eventually found their way to John Blaeu in Amsterdam, who used them as the basis for volume 5 (devoted to maps of Scotland and Ireland and first published in 1654)) of his world atlas. Of the 46 Scottish maps in the volume, 36 carry attributions to Pont as author, including this one of western Galloway. An early edition without the sailing ships added for the 1662 Atlas Maior edition.
Ref: WIG 001
 
T. Kitchin    Geographia Scotiae 1748/1756
£55
17 x 15.5cm


Wigtonshire. Thomas Kitchin provided the maps for this Scottish county atlas, first published in 1748 as a companion volume to Geographia Magnae Britanniae, which came out the same year. The two books were often bound together, but could also be purchased separately. There was a second edition of the work in 1756.
Ref: WIG 002