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John Tallis: Edinburgh

Map: SCOT1745
Cartographer: John Tallis
Title: Edinburgh
Date: 1851
Published: London
Width: 19 inches / 49 cm
Height: 14 inches / 36 cm
Map ref: SCOT1745
Unusually decorative plan of Victorian Edinburgh with vignettes of the General Assembly Hall, Scott's Monument, the Royal Institution, Holyrood House, and the Burns Monument.

Famous map of Edinburgh adorned with several vignettes including Scott's monument, Burns' monument and a panoramic view of the city from the Northwest.

A closely comparable plan of the city was issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1834. Tallis's plan shows the edges of the city farther out, now south of the Meadows, to the Horticultural Gardens in the north. The Union Canal in the west now has an Outer Basin while the eastern border is dominated by Calton Hill. Tallis’s map shows the explosive growth of the city in the first half of the 19th century, as it branded itself "The Athens of the North."

As this was one of the pre-eminent cities in the United Kingdom, Tallis makes this plan a double page in his work. As usual, it is expertly engraved by J. Rapkin while the elaborate borders and vignettes are engraved by H. Winkles.