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Auction 95, Lot 233

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

Subject: England

Period: 1675-98 (published)

Publication: Britannia

Color: Hand Color

16.9 x 12.9 inches
42.9 x 32.8 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 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 Safffron to Walden. The cartouche includes a quaint scene of two shepherds (one looking very like Little Bo Peep) and their flock of sheep.


Condition: A

Couple of spots in margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/13/2001