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The Road From London To Southampton [Plate 51]

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The Road From London To Southampton [Plate 51] : J. Ogilby

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Ribbon style map of the road from Bagshot to Southampton and on to Salisbury. This has the most delicately and sumptuously painted cartouche , with figures, fruit and heraldry appearing most attractive. 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 Farnham, Alton Southampton, Romsey and Salisbury. A very attractive and interesting map.
region: Hampshire
mapmaker: J. Ogilby  
place and date of publication: London 1675-1698
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 315 by 470mm (12.5 by 18.5 inches).
ref: 41925

Price: £ 350

 
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