Birlinn’s Limited Editions imprint was launched in 2006 to make available high quality facsimiles of Scottishrelated works of outstanding historical and aesthetic interest. The first two volumes, The Blaeu Atlas of Scotland (first published in Amsterdam in 1654) and Daniell’s Scotland (the Scottish part of William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain, first published between 1815 and 1822), were published in December 2006. These individually numbered editions, which include authoritative notes and introductions by acknowledged experts, are all lavishly illustrated and clothbound in individual slipcases. Birlinn Limited Editions 2008
The first atlas of Scotland to be published by county, Thomson’s Atlas of 1832 creates an invaluable picture of Scotland prior to the Clearances and is a highly significant milestone in the history of mapping. This very large format facsimile includes two specially commissioned essays by Professor Charles W.J. Withers of the University of Edinburgh, and Christopher Fleet and Paula Williams of the National Library of Scotland.
Compiled between 1845 and 1852, this magnificent collection of 240 engravings with accompanying commentaries records the most significant medieval buildings in Scotland. One of the most spectacular books on Scottish architecture ever published, this facsimile edition is introduced by Ian Gow, Chief Curator of the National Trust for Scotland.
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 1 volume casebound in real cloth with a protective slipcase size: 490mm x 355mm extent: 180pp., including 58 double-page maps price: £150 isbn: 978 1 84158 687 8
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 2 volumes casebound in real cloth with a protective slipcase size: 292mm x 225mm extent: vol. 1: 440 pp. /vol. 2: 392 pp. Both with illustrated plates price: £125 isbn: 978 1 84158 672 4
Atlas of Scotland
The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland
The fifth volume of Joan Blaeu’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus, was the first atlas of Scotland and provides an unrivalled view of the country 350 years ago. This 21st-century edition reproduces all the 49 hand-coloured maps in the original. It also features the complete texts translated into English, and an introduction by Professor Charles W.J. Withers.
A Voyage Round Great Britain is one of the finest of the illustrated topographical and travel books which enjoyed enormous popularity in early 19th-century Britain. This is the first modern edition of Daniell’s Voyage to feature facsimile colour reproductions – 157 in total – of the places he visited in Scotland, and includes introductory essays by Elizabeth Bray and Iain Gordon Brown.
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 1 volume casebound in real cloth with a protective slipcase size: 450mm x 290mm extent: 240pp, including 94 pp. of colour mapping price: £100 isbn: 978 1 84158 585 7
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 2 volumes casebound in real cloth with a protective slipcase size: 355mm x 260mm extent: vol. 1: 352pp/vol. 2: 320 pp., including 157 colour plates price: £100 isbn: 978 1 84158 317 4/318 1
The Blaeu Atlas of Scotland
William Roy’s Military Survey of Scotland 1747–55 is an immensely detailed and ground-breaking map of mainland Scotland made after the Jacobite rising of 1745, and was a formative influence on the Ordnance Survey. This fully-indexed edition reproduces all the maps and includes three essays by Yolande Hudson, Charles W.J. Withers and Chris Tabraham. Published by permission of the British Library and with the assistance of the National Library of Scotland
This limited edition celebrates the unique talent of John Kay, the miniaturist who created an unforgettable record of Edinburgh society during the Enlightenment. Originally published in Edinburgh in 1837–38, these volumes contain 356 etchings of representatives from all walks of life, including many of the leading figures of the time. This edition includes an introductory essay by Alan Bell, formerly Librarian of the London Library.
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 1 volume casebound in real cloth with protective slip case size: 450 x 290mm extent: 400pp, including 342 pages of colour mapping price: £200 isbn: 978 1 84158 667 0
format: Individually numbered edition comprising 2 volumes casebound in real cloth each with protective slipcase size: 264 x 204 mm extent: vol. 1: 820 pp., including 168 plates/vol. 2: 876 pp., including 188 plates price: £200 isbn: 978 1 84158 657 1
The Great Map
A Series of Original Portraits and Character Etchings
Alexander Goudie’s Tam o’ Shanter Alexander Goudie (1933–2004) described Tam o’ Shanter as ‘a gothic tale, strewn with vivid and awesome images’. Over several years he transcribed his imaginings onto canvas, creating a series of narrative paintings which ‘deserves to be ranked among the best illustrative cycles in Scottish Art’ (Sir Timothy Clifford). This book brings together his definitive vision of Burns’ great poem. Two specially commissioned essays by Professor Edward J. Cowan and Professor Alan Riach of Glasgow University provide the literary, historical and folklore background to the work and its relations to Alexander Goudie’s paintings, and the author’s son, Lachlan Goudie, provides a biographical essay which sets the Tam o’ Shanter paintings within the context of his father’s career. format: size: extent: price: isbn:
Individually numbered edition comprising 1 volume casebound in real cloth with protective slipcase 297 x 390mm 144pp £100 978 1 84158 671 7
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