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Britannia Depicta Or Ogilby Improv'd ... fourth edition

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Britannia Depicta Or Ogilby Improv'd ... fourth edition : J. Owen / E. Bowen

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Octavo. Tp, pp.[vi], pp.1-274. Calf binding with panelled spine with raised and gilded bands and gilded lettering on somewhat worn black label. Slightly worn endpapers. Manuscript additions of a previous owner to endpapers. Strengt-hening to edge p.273. Highly detailed classical border to titlepage, engraved by Emanuel Bowen. The titlepage states this is the fourth edition printed and sold by Thomas Bowles, and has a printed date of 1731. The atlas was first printed in 1720 with later editions thereafter. The "Britannia Depicta" is the most popular and successful Ogilby derivative atlas, reproducing Ogilby's road strip maps at a reduced size and adding individual county maps with immense detail. Emanuel Bowen proved to be one of London's most active and influential mapmakers in the eighteenth century. The fine engraving and minute detail displayed in these maps is a reflection of his skill. This is the fourth edition of this travellers' pocket book - also intended for "the general use of the Gentleman and Tradesman".
mapmakers: J. Owen   E. Bowen  
place and date of publication: London 1720 - 1731
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 210 by 145mm (8.25 by 5.75 inches).
ref: 41619
literature: Hodson, County Atlases Of The British Isles I, 156 (p88).

Price: £ 1500

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