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Auction 156, Lot 445

"The Road from Welshpool Com Montgomery to Carnarvan in North Wales", Ogilby, John

Subject: Wales

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

16.4 x 13 inches
41.7 x 33 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 Welshpool to Carnarvan in seven strips totaling 82 miles. Each of the seven panels has a decorative compass rose to orient the traveler. The title cartouche is flanked by putti, mountain goats, and the royal coat of arms.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-4a #87.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with light toning and soiling, one small hole caused by a rust stain, and some archival repairs to several short centerfold separations.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 2/17/2016