"The Road from Bristol ... to West Chester …", Ogilby, John
Period: 1675 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
17.3 x 13.8 inches
43.9 x 35.1 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.
Attractive strip-style map covering the road from Bristol to Ludlow in six strips totaling 76 miles. Each of the six panels has a decorative compass rose to orient the traveler. The title cartouche is flanked by putti with sheaves of wheat, representing the rich agricultural region, and the royal coat of arms.
Very nice color. Edges of margin are chipped and slightly toned with a tiny hole in the bottom portion of image just to the right of centerfold.