Auction 107, Lot 307

"The Road from London to St. Davids in Com. Pembroke", Ogilby, John

Subject: England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Brittania

Color: Hand Color

17.2 x 11.6 inches
43.7 x 29.5 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.

Handsome road map in the pictorial style pioneered by Ogilby. The map begins with a fine plan of London and proceeds to the west as it passes through Old and New Brantford, Colbrook, Stow, Barkshire, and on to Bensington as it crosses the Thames several times. The pictorial title cartouche includes two young angels and lovely crest. Numerous compass roses.


Condition: A

Good impression with later coloring, full margins and a fine watermark. A couple tiny spots, still very good.

Estimate: $375 - $425

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/9/2004