Battle at Sea, detail from Europae Map, Claudius Ptolemy, Atlas.
Detail from Europae VII Map, Claudius Ptolemy, Atlas. 1584
Battle at Sea, detail from Europae Map, Claudius Ptolemy, Atlas. 1584
The National Library of Scotland, Special Collections
The National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh contains a fascinating holding of books, manuscripts and archives. The Library’s Special Collections are particularly eclectic, ranging from witchcraft to the French Revolution, from beekeeping to Esperanto and from the Reformation to cookbooks. Rare books include Stirling’s ‘Annals of the Artists of Spain’ the first illustrated art history and Fox Talbot’s ‘Sun Pictures in Scotland’. With over one million books to consult all you need is a library card and time to delve history.