The Continuation Of The Road From London To Bristol [Plate 11]
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Towns covered on this strip road map include Marlborough, Calne, Chippenham, Bristol and Axbridge. 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. Furthermore, side roads and their destinations are also given all this at a constant scale, for the first time in any series, of one inch to one mile. Laid on archival backing due to paper weakness but an attractive example.
mapmaker: J. Ogilby
place and date of publication: London 1675-
medium and colour: copperplate, Colouredref: 42689
size in mm: 330 by 435mm (13 by 17.25 inches).
Price: £ 260
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