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GARDNER, James. [Rare panorama of the Scottish Highlands]
A View of the Grampian Mountains, from the Summit of Ben Cleuch the biggest of the Ochil Range, a Station in the Trigonometrical Survey of Great Britain, Situated 28 miles north west from Edinburgh. Carlisle, James Knipe, 1875. Lithograph, 330 x 1990mm, dissected and laid on linen, within original blue cloth gilt covers, marbled endpapers with index map pasted on. Signed in ink by Knipe. Paper lightly toned, two tiny areas of surface loss.
A superb prospect of the Scottish Highlands, originally engraved by Daniell Havell and published in 1820. Underneath the view is a key of mountains, which include Ben Nevis & Ben Lomond, and a description by Knipe on the best route to the summit of Ben Cleuch. James Gardner was Chief Draughtsman to the Board of Ordnance during the Principal Triangulation of the British Isles, assisting in the measurement of the base line on which the triangulation of Scotland was based in 1817. The following year he took readings from Ben Cleugh with a 36-inch theodolite, and it would seem that it was at this time he sketched this prospect. This reproduction, produced half-a-century later, seems to have been published for the new highland tourist market, inspired by Queen Victoria.
[Ref: 12248]    £3,500.00 ($4,620 • €4,004 rates)

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