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The Roads From Chelmsford ... To Gravesend ... To Deal [Plate 93]

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The Roads From Chelmsford ... To Gravesend ... To Deal [Plate 93] : J. Ogilby

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Several roads are depicted on this charming map: from Chelmsford to Maldon; Rayleigh; Tilbury and Gravesend. Also from Canterbury to Dover and Deal. Cartouche portrays Neptune and Venus, the former with a shield of St George. John Ogilby (1600-1676) is perhaps best known for his series of road-maps entitled the "Britannia", which was the first road-atlas of any country, published in 1675. The atlas was an immediate success, being reprinted many times and was much copied by other map-makers. The atlas illustrates the major roads emanating from London with some of the more important cross roads. Each of the hundred sheets covers a distance of about seventy miles, so some of the longer routes are on several sheets - for example London to Lands End is on four sheets. Each sheet is divided into strips representing parchment scrolls, with the map running continuously up the strips. Each map contains a wealth of information showing towns and villages, local landmarks, woods, bridges, castles and even gallows. Hills are shown diagrammatically to indicate the direction of the incline and their size.
region: Kent
mapmaker: J. Ogilby  
place and date of publication: London 1675
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 325 by 420mm (12.75 by 16.5 inches).
ref: 39250

Price: £ 350

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