Lewis's Large-scale map Scotland
By LEWIS, Samuel, F.A. CARRINGTON , 1846

A Map of Scotland Divided into Counties Shewing The principal Roads, Railways, Rivers, Canals, Lochs, Mountains, Islands, &c. On a scale of Five Miles to an Inch

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: LEWIS, Samuel, F.A. CARRINGTON
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by S. Lewis & Co., 87 Aldersgate Street
  • Publication date: c.1846
  • Physical description: Engraved map, dissected and mounted on linen, in three sections, fine original hand-colour, elaborate title, upper left, key to map upper right, view of Melrose Abbey lower left, each section folding into green morocco covers, gilt, rubbed.
  • Dimensions: 1910 by 1320mm (75.25 by 52 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2228


Samuel Lewis issued this monumental map to accompany his Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, first published in 1846. At a scale of five miles to the inch the map is superbly detailed, giving information on cities, market towns, parishes, villages, gentleman’s seats, kirks, parks, mail roads, turnpike and other roads, rivers, lakes, canals, railways, mountains and hills, and county boundaries.

Samuel Lewis (1782-1865), was a prominent publisher and cartographer, working in London at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He is best known for his topographical dictionaries, which aimed to give in “a condensed form”, a faithful and impartial description of each place. The first dictionary was published in 1831 and delt with England; he would subsequently publish dictionaries on Wales (1833); Ireland (1837); and Scotland (1846).

Scale: 5 statute miles to 1 inch.


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