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Auction 195, Lot 450

"The Road from London to Carlisle in Com: Cumberland...", Ogilby, John

Subject: Western England

Period: 1675 (circa)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

16.1 x 13.1 inches
40.9 x 33.3 cm
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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 handsome strip-stlye road map covers the road from Darlaston to Garstang. Notable towns along the way include Warrington, Wigan, and Preston. Each strip features a compass rose. The royal coat of arms and a rural farming scene with cattle surround the title cartouche.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-4a #37.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a sheet with a horn coat of arms watermark. There are a couple of minor printer's creases, light foxing along the top of the map, and minor soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/15/2023