The Road From London To Barstable [Plate 32]
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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 is the second sheet to show the route from London to Barnstable but actually covers the section from Andover to Bridgewater across Salisbury Plain via Warminster and Bruton. Minor marginal restoration and attractive hand-colour.
mapmaker: J. Ogilby
place and date of publication: London 1675-1698
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 41927
size in mm: 380 by 440mm (15 by 17.25 inches).
Price: £ 300£ 210
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