Auction 162, Lot 438


"[Lot of 5 - Road Maps]", Owen & Bowen

Subject: England

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Britannia Depicta...

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 9 inches
16.5 x 22.9 cm

Britannia Depicta Or Ogilby Improv'd was the most popular and successful Ogilby derivative atlas, published in response to public demand for a small road atlas that could be easily carried by travelers. The atlas reproduced Ogilby's strip-style road maps and added individual county maps. It was published by Thomas Bowles in a series of editions between 1720 and 1764. The historical notes that accompany each map were compiled by John Owen, a respected lawyer and antiquarian. The maps were engraved by Emanuel Bowen who went on to become one of London's leading engravers and print sellers in the 18th century. The maps are embellished with coats of arms and contain immense detail and topographical information. A compass rose orients each map and useful landmarks include hills, bridges, rivers and streams, windmills, churches, markets, parks and forests, water wells and even gallows.

These copper engraved, Ogilby-style strip road maps include coats-of-arms and descriptive text by John Owen.

A. [The Road from Oxford to Bristol...] This includes a description of Oxford University, with the road map extending from Oxford to Purton.
B. [The Road from Carlisle to Barwick...] Extends from Carlisle to Barwick.
C. [The Road from Hereford to Leicester...] Extends from Hereford to Leicester.
D. [The Road from King's Lynn to Harwich...] This includes a description of several British islands, with the road map extending from King's Lynn to Thetford.
E. [The Road from Nottingham to Grimsby...] Extends from Nottingham through Lincoln to Grimsby.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BOW-1a.

Condition: B+

Light toning and soiling.

Estimate: $60 - $75

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/26/2017