Auction 140, Lot 475

"Plan Shewing the Course of the Roman Wall Called Grime's Dyke Raised along the Isthmus between the Forth and the Clyde in the Reign of Antoninus Pius…", Basire, James I

Subject: Scotland

Period: 1793 (dated)

Publication: Military Antiquities of the Romans in North Britain

Color: Black & White

63 x 16.5 inches
160 x 41.9 cm

This is a rare and detailed map and plan of Antonine's Wall, which was constructed by the Romans in 142 AD and represented the northernmost point of the Holy Roman Empire. Construction was ordered by Emperor Antoninus Pius, and the resulting wall stretched 63 miles east to west and was located approximately 70 miles to the north of the better known Hadrian's wall. This map was based upon a survey completed in 1755. The top part of the engraving is a very detailed 6" strip map of the wall from The River Clyde to the Frith of Forth in the East. Below the map is a series of 10 detailed plans of forts and castles along the wall including Duntocher Fort, New Kirkpatrick Fort and Rough Castle. The bottom section of the sheet has 7 profile views of the wall. Engraved by James Basire and published by the Society of Antiquaries of London in William Roy's classic work on the Roman military conquest of Scotland. Printed on two joined sheets, as issued.


Condition: B

Printed on thick paper and folded. There is scattered minor foxing and some extraneous creasing near the folds.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/23/2012