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Auction 138, Lot 488

"Buckingham Shire", Morden, Robert

Subject: Buckingham, England

Period: 1722 (published)

Publication: Brittania

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 16.5 inches
34.3 x 41.9 cm

This county map of Buckinghamshire shows the early road system including the ancient road and Watling Street, from Stony Stratford to Dunstable. The map is divided into Hundreds and displays interesting detail including the locations of buildings, rivers, bridges and parks. Sold by Abel Swale, Awnsham & John Churchil.

Morden was one of the first English cartographers to show longitudes measured from the meridian of St. Paul's Cathedral (shown in degrees at the bottom of the map) and time in minutes measure locally from the sun (shown at the top). The roads on his maps are based on Ogilby's earlier survey. The Britannia was first published by historian William Camden (1551-1623) in 1586. After the publication of the final edition of Britannia in 1637, the work was not published again until 1695 when Gibson revised and translated the text from the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton. This map is from the subsequent edition of 1722.


Condition: B+

There is some light offsetting in the image and minor extraneous creasing near the centerfold, which has a hint of toning. Watermarked paper.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $75

Closed on 12/7/2011