Rare Old Map of Edinburgh - Bartholomew's Pocket Plan, 1921 - Leith, Murrayfield, Portobello, Morningside
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This lovely old map of Edinburgh from 1921, by John Bartholomew and Son, shows the Scottish capital when many of its suburbs were still open fields and hills. Large sizes are available up to 2.5m wide. Please get in touch if you are looking for a framed larger map.
Central Edinburgh is already there of course, as is the port towns of Leith and Portobello. Older suburbs like Murrayfield and Morningside are partly developed. But beyond that... it's mostly just fields!
Intriguingly, a number of Fever Hospitals are dotted around the map - hospitals just for treating infectious diseases like smallpox.
With this being a pocket map for the intrepid Edinburgh explorer, the edges of the map are adorned with grid references for all of the major landmarks and streets - very handy for the modern viewer of the map, I think!
A crisscross of railways feature strongly in this large map of Edinburgh, including the Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Edinburgh Suburban line.
Many of the parks, green spaces and hills - all beautifully hand coloured in this old map of Edinburgh - are still around today, including King's Park (now Holyrood Park), the Meadows and Inverleith Park.
And if all that wasn't enough, there's even an inset map of the full extent of Edinburgh, showing the city and its suburbs up to around 10 miles out.
This historic map is lovely at 18x24 inches, but it looks great at sizes all the way up to 180cm (70 inches) wide. It would look great on the living room wall of someone who has Edinburgh in their heart - or on the wall of a pub, bar, hotel or office.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
Please note that the details on this map are very small at smaller sizes, such as 16x12 and 20x16 inches.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.