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Title: Iura Insula (Jura)

By: Blaeu, Johannes,Pont, Timothy

Map id: 48915
Publisher: Atlas Novus
Published date: 1654 circa

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Iura Insula (Jura)

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Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Overall sheet size: 59.3cms x 48cms; image size: 499mm x 378mm. Browned on verso from old framing; marginal tear of 1cm repaired left margin edge way away from map itself. Decorative title cartouche with putti frolicking in the sea. Overall age toning ; one brown mark at top of centrefold and margins a little marked at top but very good nonetheless. JURA (Section Note) Translation of text on back: From this (scil. Gigha) Jura stretches twenty four (miles) in length. It is twelve miles distant from Gigha. The coastal parts are quite often cultivated; the interior is covered with woods and has an abundance of various kinds of deer. Some think that it was in antiquity named Dera, a name which means 'deer' in the Gothic language. Two miles from this is Scarba, running from east to west four miles in length, a mile wide; in rare spots cultivated by man. The flow of the sea between it and Jura is so violent that except at certain times it cannot be overcome by either sails or oars. After this many ignoble islands are then scattered, Eilean a'Bhealaich or Broom, Guirasdeal, Lunga, both Fiolas. Three distinguished by the name Garvellachs, Culbrenyn [?], Dun Chonnuill, Eilean a'Mhadaidh [?], Belnahua, Vickeran [?], Eilean Gamhna, Luing, Seil, Shuna. These last three are quite rich in cattle and crops; they come under the Earls of Argyll. Next to them is Slate, because tiles, which they call slates, are cut out from its cliff. Then Nagvisog [?], and Easdale, and Inch Kenneth [?], and one called Shian, from a herb harmful to crops not dissimilar to yellow-weed, except that it is of a softer colour, and Uderga [?], and Eilean Righ, soon Eilean Dubh, that is black, and Eilean na Cille, and Triarach [?]. Then Eilean Ard, Eilean Iosal, and Glas Eilean, and Am Fraoch Eilean. Likewise Eilean Craobhach, Eilean nan Gabhar, Eilean nan Coinein, and Eilean Diomhain, and Eilean Bhride. Likewise Lismore, on which was once the episcopal seat of Argyll, eight miles long, two wide. In it besides the commodities common to the others, metals are found. Then Eilean nan Caorach, and Shuna, Ferry Island [?], island of Sheep [?]. Likewise Pladda, and Eilean na Cloiche, and Gressa [?], and Eilean Mor, and Ardiescara, and Eilean Musdile, and Bernera, formerly called holy asylum, a noble wood of yew, Eilean Loch Oscair, Eilean Droineach covered with thorns, elder and the ruins of a large building. Eilean na Balnagowan, productive of wood. Likewise Eilean Ramsay, and Kerrera. When the Blaeu's published Volume five of his Atlas Novus in 1654, Scotland became one of the best-mapped countries in the world. The volume contained forty-eight plates showing forty-nine separate maps of Scotland (plus a map of Ptolemy British Isles and six maps of Ireland). The first two plates from the atlas show the entire country ancient and modern, whilst the remaining forty-six plates cover most Scotland in forty-seven regional maps. In total the regional maps locate some 20,000 different place names. The information comes from the unpublished maps of Timothy Pont who was responsible for surveying the greater part of Scotland between 1583-1600, the resulting Pont Manuscript maps were never published but were put to good use some fifty to seventy years later by Joan Blaeu.

Subject Scotland
Map maker Blaeu, Johannes, Pont, Timothy
Publisher Atlas Novus
Published at year 1654 circa

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