Coloured engraving. 185 x 240mm, 7¾ x 9½". Laid on and edged with linen. Some wear and surface dirt.
Burntisland, a former royal burgh in Fife, Scotland, on a scale is 6 inches to a mile. A truly historic town: there are rock carvings thought to be 4000 years old; St Columba's Church (founded 1592) is the oldest post-Reformation church still in use; in 1601 the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland met at St. Columba's and proposed a new English translation of the Bible, which became the King James Version. Originally published at the time of the Reform Act (which adjusted the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies to take account of the urban drift caused by the Industrial Revolution), this map was used in the Great Post Office Reform of 1839-40, championed by Rowland Hill, to determine the extent of free delivery for mail. Another part of this reorganisation was the introduction of the Penny Black, the world's first postage stamp.
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