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Auction 125, Lot 470

"[Lot of 7 Road Maps]", Owen & Bowen

Subject: England

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Britannia Depicta

Color: Hand Color

4.5 x 7 inches
11.4 x 17.8 cm
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Britannia Depicta Or Ogilby Improv'd was the most popular and successful Ogilby derivative atlas, published in response to public demand for a small road atlas that could be easily carried by travelers. The atlas reproduced Ogilby's strip-style road maps and added individual county maps. It was published by Thomas Bowles in a series of editions between 1720 and 1764. The historical notes that accompany each map were compiled by John Owen, a respected lawyer and antiquarian. The maps were engraved by Emanuel Bowen who went on to become one of London's leading engravers and print sellers in the 18th century. The maps are embellished with coats of arms and contain immense detail and topographical information. A compass rose orients each map and useful landmarks include hills, bridges, rivers and streams, windmills, churches, markets, parks and forests, water wells and even gallows.

Each sheet is double-sided with road maps, a county map, or a road/city description. This lot includes the following plates:

17/18 Road maps - Wentbridge, Ferrybridge, Tadcaster, York / York Boroughbridge, North Allerton.
91/92 Road maps - Darleston Bridge, Newcastle under Lyme, Warrington, Wigan, Whittle, Preston, Garstang.
93/94 Road maps - Garstang, Lancaster, Bolton, Kendal, Penrith, Carlisle.
101/102 Part of a description of London / Road map - Tamesford, Eaton, Stilton, Peterborough. (The description is uncolored.)
109/110 County map of Merionethshire / Road map - Campden, Evesholme, Worcester.
113/114 Road maps - High Barnet, Hatfield, Baldock, Biggleswade, St. Neots, Oakham.
189/190 Road maps - Hereford, Worcester, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Solihull, Meriden, Coventry, Leicester.


Condition: A

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/24/2008