Auction 124, Lot 413

"The Continuation of ye Road From London to Barstable in Com Devon", Ogilby, John

Subject: England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13 inches
45.7 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.

Handsome road map in the pictorial style developed by Ogilby. The map begins near Bridgewater and proceeds in a easterly direction to Hatherley, crossing from Somerset into Devon. Each portion of the map is oriented by a compass rose and the cartouche is liberally surrounded with garland.


Condition: A+

Exceptional impression on a good sheet of laid paper with wide original margins. Lower margins with some faint stains, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/7/2008