"The Continuation of the Road from London to the Lands End…", Ogilby, John
Period: 1675-98 (published)
Color: Hand Color
17.1 x 12.5 inches
43.4 x 31.8 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 lovely map begins at Andover and travels through Salisbury, Shaftsbury, and Sherborne to Crewkerne. The cartouche includes several farmers and hunters and the royal coat of arms. Minor printer's crease, else fine.