Old Map of Edinburgh


An fascinating old map of the region of Midlothian and Edinburgh, showing Linlithgow in the West to Dunbar in the East. This map centres on Midlothian, was originally created by Willem Janszoon Blaeu.

Titled “Lothian and Linlitqvo” from the ‘Atlas Major’ (an atlas published by map makers extraordinaire- the Blaeu family) this is a very detailed view Midlothian as it was perceived 400 years ago.

Print Size
Printed at 22×17″ (that’s 55.8x42cm). This print will fit a standard Photo Frame, any online retailer or photographic store should stock a good selection at this size. However, should you be located in Europe, we can adjust the print size to better suit a standard EU Paper Frame of “A2”, that is 59x42cm.

Please Contact Us before ordering to confirm this alteration.

Atlas Maior
Published by Joan Blaeu in 1662 the atlas from which this map originates set the blueprint (or should that be, the ‘Blaeu Print’?) for all that followed. In a sense the ‘Atlas Maior’ will never be bettered, for it is a most wonderfully sumptuous and ornate creation. You’ll find a garlanded cartouche on almost every page, full-masted galleons upon the Oceanus Occidentalis, elephants and lions on the plod and prowl in the Guinea, huge-hatted men with compasses and globes competing for space with cherubs and unicorns who all seem to be trying to do their bit to help in the mapmaking. The more time spent admiring the 11 volumes of this atlas, the harder it becomes to pick out a favourite map.

 Scotland – by Pont
Neither Willem Janszoon Blaeu nor his son Joan made it to Scotland. It was a minister by the name of Timothy Pont, born in 1565, who sketched these original works after his own surveying. Pont travelled widely throughout Scotland and compiled a collection of manuscripts which, some 50 years after being originally sketched, and having been redrawn by Robert Gordon, found their way to Amsterdam and the Blaeu family. In 1654 they were engraved and published by Willem and Joan Blaeu. There are 46 maps of Scottish Counties or regions, the majority of which are attributed to Pont who died in 1610. The reproductions available here are from a later colourised atlas produced by the Blaeu’s- the ‘Atlas Major’ though Pont’s surveying was obviously crucial to these inclusions. Hats off to him!

Framing Options
Currently we cannot provide a framing service, we are working to address this and we’ll hopefully reinstate Framing Options in the near future.

‘Museum Quality’
Here at ‘the Blaeu Prints’ we produce each map on deliciously thick, textured, matt paper crafted by Hahnemühle. Germany’s oldest art paper manufacturer who have created traditional artist papers since 1584. More recently the company invented digital Fine Art Paper by combining genuine artist paper with an innovative inkjet coating. Papers offer the tactile surface of traditional artist paper with the highest longevity in the industry. In truly archival conditions these papers can last hundreds of years with no noticeable colour shift. We choose Hahnemühle for all our reproduction work.

Made to Order
Should you require this historical map print in any particular size, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. You may wish to request blank print margin, allowing for a professional framer to create a mount for your print. We would be very happy to create a ‘Custom Size’ print for you. Please contact us to discuss options before ordering as various sizes will have varying prices.


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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 22 x 17 in

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