Auction 128, Lot 534

"The Roads from Carmarthen to Cardigan, Cardigan to Llanbeder & Llanbeder to Aberistwith in Com Cardigan", Ogilby, John

Subject: Wales

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 13 inches
44.2 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.

Superb strip-style road map that details the route from Carmeathen to Aberistwith. Each of the seven panels is oriented with a bold compass rose and illustrates the hilly terrain with details of the villages, bridges, castles, forests, etc. The title cartouche features the royal coat-of-arms and is flanked with Neptune on a chariot pulled by sea horses on the left and Venus in her seashell chariot pulled by sea monsters on the right.


Condition: B+

Nice impression printed on sturdy paper with wide original margins. There are a couple tiny, professionally repaired edge tears, well away from the map and a small hole repaired in an unengraved area at center.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $230

Closed on 5/20/2009