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The Road From London To Portsmouth

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The Road From London To Portsmouth : J. Ogilby

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The road from London to Portsmouth, including Guildford and Petersfield. 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 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, much copied by other map-makers. The atlas illustrates the major roads emanating from London with some of the more important crossroads. Each of the hundred sheets in the atlas 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. Ogilby was the first mapmaker to adopt the newly-defined statute mile, and 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. Restored side margins, trimmed close, but nevertheless an attractive example.
region: Hampshire
mapmaker: J. Ogilby  
place and date of publication: London 1675-1698
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 325 by 430mm (12.75 by 17 inches).
ref: 42789

Price: £ 360£ 216

 
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