Auction 103, Lot 331

"The Continuation of the Road from Chester to Cardiff com Glamorgan", Ogilby, John

Subject: Wales

Period: 1675 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 13.4 inches
44.5 x 34 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.

A lovely pictorial road map through the Welsh countryside. Decorated with compass roses and a boldly engraved strapwork title cartouche.


Condition: B

Lightly toned with a couple of expert repairs of a tiny hole in map and tears in margins.

Estimate: $325 - $375

Sold for: $240

Closed on 6/11/2003