"The Road from London to Harwich…", Ogilby, John
Period: 1675 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 13.2 inches
43.9 x 33.5 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.
From the first book of road maps, Ogilby depicts the old Roman road that would become the modern A-12 road. Beginning with London at bottom left, it shows detail of all the important landmarks on the road through Rumford, Burntwood, Chelmsford, Witham, Keldon, Colchester, Maningtre and ending at Harwich.
Slight toning and foxing in margins with a small binding hole on fold in upper margin.