Auction 160, Lot 483

"The Continuation of the Road from London to Flambrugh. Comebor", Ogilby, John

Subject: Eastern England

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

17.7 x 13.9 inches
45 x 35.3 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 is the second of two covering the road from London to Flamborough Head, showing the route from Lincoln to Flamborough Head, across the Humber River and through Kingston upon Hull. It is in the pictorial style pioneered by Ogilby with the road laid out in several ribbon-like panels. The road detailed is 82 miles long (milepost 130 to 212). Several windmills are shown along the route. Each of the seven panels has a decorative compass rose to orient the traveler. The decorative title cartouche features Neptune upon his sea-chariot and sea monsters.

References: Moorland & Bannister, pp. 157-8; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-4a #42.

Condition: B+

Light toning and soiling on paper with a fleur-de-lis watermark. There is a small stain in top blank margin.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $170

Closed on 11/16/2016