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Set Of Five Road Diagrams From Speed's "Theatre ..."

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Set Of Five Road Diagrams From Speed's "Theatre ..." : J. Speed / T. Bassett & R. Chiswell

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Set Of Five Road Diagrams From Speed's "Theatre ..." : J. Speed / T. Bassett & R. Chiswell

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An interesting group of five schematic diagrams, printed from woodcuts with letterpress inserts, showing the principal highways emanating from London with their branches and with computed distances marked. This group was added to the posthumous edition of John Speed's "Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain" published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell in 1676. The diagrams were pirated from John Ogilby's "Britannia" that had been published the previous year and, as such, are probably the earliest derivatives from Ogilby's landmark survey of the English and Welsh roads. The publication of these tables in the Speed atlas earned a stinging rebuke from Ogilby. "Mr Ogilby to prevent the Injury design'd Him and the Kingdom, by the Publishers of certain Tables stolen out of his book (so ignorantly and carelessly collected & printed, that they are fill'd with false Computations and Directions ...) did print his own ...". Although found bound into examples of Speed's atlas, these road plans have been generally overlooked and ignored in cartographic literature. Very light centrefold discolouration but overall a nice set.
mapmakers: J. Speed   T. Bassett & R. Chiswell
place and date of publication: London 1676
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 400 by 350mm (15.75 by 13.75 inches). approx
ref: 33482

Price: £ 1200£ 720

 
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