Auction 110, Lot 344

"The Roads from Chelmsford in Essex to St. Edmonds-Bury in Suffolk & Saffron-Walden in Essex", Ogilby, John

Subject: England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

17 x 13 inches
43.2 x 33 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.

This map features the road from Chelmsford in two directions. First proceeds through Braintry, Sudbury, and Lancham to Bury St. Edmunds. The second goes from Chelmsford to Dunmow, Thaxsted and Saffron to Walden. The cartouche includes a pastoral scene of a shepherd and his shepherdess and their flock of sheep.


Condition: A

Professional repair of a small hole, now invisible. Wide margins and good quality paper.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $375

Closed on 3/2/2005