Rare antique map used a draft excluder is restored
A rare antique map found stuffed up a chimney in Aberdeen has been saved by conservation experts.
The document, which dates back to the late 17th Century, was destined for the skip when it was discovered during a house renovation.
Used as a draft excluder, it was encrusted with dirt and had been attacked by vermin and insects.
But it has now been meticulously cleaned and restored by the National Library of Scotland (NLS).
The map of the world was produced by the Dutch engraver Gerald Valck and there are thought to be only two other copies in existence.
In its heyday, the map, which measures... read more
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