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Auction 118, Lot 546

"The Road from Glocester to Coventrey…", Ogilby, John

Subject: England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

17 x 12.2 inches
43.2 x 31 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 Glocester through Winchcombe, Campden, Stratford upon Avon, and Warwick to Coventry. The cartouche includes a pastoral scene of a shepherd and shepherdess and their flock of sheep. Plate number 70 at lower right.


Condition: A

Printed on quality hand-laid paper with a good impression and wide original margins. Small rust spot at bottom neatline, else fine. Remnants of framer's hinges on verso.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/6/2007