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Auction 153, Lot 459


"Hereford Shire", Morden, Robert

Subject: Western England

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Camden's Britannia

Color: Hand Color

16.6 x 14.3 inches
42.2 x 36.3 cm

This county map of Herefordshire shows the early road system, with the town of Hereford located at the center of the sheet. The county is divided into eleven Hundreds and shows numerous place names, churches, rivers and topography. Decorated by an attractive title cartouche and three distance scales. Sold by Abel Swale Awnsham and John Churchill.

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. He included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton.


Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with faint foxing at bottom. A road has been drawn in old manuscript ink from Leominster east past Bromyard. There are soft horizontal folds from a previous owner.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $31

Closed on 5/20/2015