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Auction 157, Lot 480

"The Road from Monmouth to Llanbeder in Cardigansh South Wales", Ogilby, John

Subject: Southern Wales

Period: 1694 (circa)

Publication: Britannia…

Color: Hand Color

17 x 13 inches
43.2 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.

This attractive strip-style map covers the road from Monmouth to Llanbedr, through Abergavenny and Brecon. It is in the pictorial style pioneered by Ogilby with the road laid out in several ribbon-like panels. The road detailed is 68 miles long. Each of the six panels has a decorative compass rose to orient the traveler. The strapwork title cartouche features the royal coat of arms and several putti herding Welsh Mountain Sheep.

References: Moorland & Bannister, pp. 157-8; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-4a #77.

Condition: B+

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with very light toning and a few tiny spots.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 5/4/2016