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Auction 158, Lot 237

"The Roads from Chelmsford in Essex to St. Edmonds-Bury in Suffolk & Saffron-Walden in Essex...", Ogilby, John

Subject: Southeastern England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia…

Color: Hand Color

16.9 x 12.9 inches
42.9 x 32.8 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 70 miles of roads in Essex and Suffolk. It is in the pictorial style pioneered by Ogilby with the road laid out in several ribbon-like panels. Each of the seven panels has a decorative compass rose to orient the traveler. This map features the road from Chelmsford in two directions. First proceeds through Braintry, Sudbury, and Lancham to Bury St. Edmunds. The second goes from Chelmsford to Dunmow, Thaxsted and Saffron Walden. The cartouche includes a pastoral scene of a shepherd and his shepherdess and their flock of sheep.

References: Moorland & Bannister, pp. 157-8; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-4a #93.

Condition: A

A dark, crisp impression on watermarked paper with attractive color and minor creasing.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/22/2016