Auction 140, Lot 461

"Wilt Shire", Morden, Robert

Subject: Wilts, England

Period: 1722 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Black & White

16.3 x 13.5 inches
41.4 x 34.3 cm

This county map of Wiltshire shows the early road system. The map is divided into Hundreds and displays interesting detail including the locations of buildings, rivers, bridges parks and mountains in profile. There is an attractive drape-style cartouche and three distance scales. 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 in Roman numerals). 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the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton.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

Watermarked paper with some offsetting, light printer's ink residue, and a 0.5" hole near the centerfold repaired with old paper on verso, with minor loss of image.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/23/2012