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The Road From The City Of Salisbury ... To Campden [Plate 85]

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The Road From The City Of Salisbury ... To Campden [Plate 85] : J. Ogilby

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Ribbon style road map via Marlborough and Burford from Salisbury to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. The cartouche, depicting hunting pack of dogs , is most attractively painted. John Ogilby (1600-1676) had a variety of colourful careers (not invariably ending in disaster) before he embarked on a career as a surveyor and cartographer. He was a sometimes dancing master, poet, translator, historian, printer, publisher, Royal Cosmographer (1671), Master of the King's Revels in Ireland, founder manager and director of Dublin's first theatre and surveyor to the City of London, as well as a cartographer! Ogilby is perhaps best known for this series of road-maps entitled the "Britannia", which was the first road-atlas of any country, published in 1675. Besides being very detailed for the period, the maps being at the newly accepted statute mile to one inch, the concept of depicting roads in linear form, with symbols defining gradients, forests, parks, woods and rivers became a standard for centuries to come. This map crosses many county boundaries passing through Salisbury Plain before various Corswold villages are encountered. A very attractive and interesting map.
mapmaker: J. Ogilby  
place and date of publication: London 1675-
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 340 by 445mm (13.5 by 17.5 inches).
ref: 41924

Price: £ 300

 
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