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Auction 100, Lot 302

"The Road from Gloucester to Montgomery North Wales…", Ogilby, John

Subject: England & Wales

Period: 1675-98 (published)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 12.5 inches
43.7 x 31.8 cm

John Ogilby's 'Britannia' was published between 1675 and 1698. It is a landmark in the mapping of England and Wales. Its unique format constituted the first national road-atlas of any country in Western Europe. It was composed of maps of seventy-three major roads and cross-roads, presented in a continuous strip-form, on a uniform scale of one inch to a mile. Each beautiful map includes wonderful detail of the countryside with each strip containing a large compass rose to indicate changes in direction.

Details 70 miles of roads in Gloucester, Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire and Montgomeryshire. Route from Gloucestershire travels through Huntley, Hereford, and Prestaine. Locates churches and several castles, including a 'demolished' one. Finely engraved cartouche with gold highlights to the crown. Complete with original folio text sheet that provides detailed instructions, including a list of "backward turnings to be avoided."


Condition: B

Finely colored on nice paper with full margins and large watermark. A little toning, else very good.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/12/2002