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Auction 179, Lot 473

"Bedford Shire", Morden, Robert

Subject: Eastern England

Period: 1722 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12.5 inches
39.4 x 31.8 cm
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This county map of Bedfordshire shows the early road system with the city of Bedford located at center along the Great Ouse river. The map is divided into Hundreds and displays interesting detail including the locations of buildings, rivers, bridges, and parks. There is an attractive drape-style cartouche and three distance scales. Sold by Abel Swale and Awnsham and John Churchil.

Morden was one of the first English cartographers to show longitudes measured from the meridian of St. Paul's Cathedral (shown in degrees at the bottom of the map) and time in minutes measure locally from the sun (shown at the top in Roman numerals). The roads on his maps are based on Ogilby's earlier survey. The Britannia was first published by historian William Camden (1551-1623) in 1586. After the publication of the final edition of Britannia in 1637, the work was not published again until 1695 when Gibson revised and translated the text from the original Latin and included fifty maps, mostly of the English counties, prepared by Robert Morden, replacing the outdated maps of Christopher Saxton. This map is from the subsequent edition of 1722.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CAMD-5c.

Condition: A

Issued folding on paper with a horse watermark. There is minor offsetting and a small rust spot at left that has been covered up on recto, obscuring the "I" in Buckingham.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/16/2020