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Britannia ... An Illustration Of Ye Kingdom Of England

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Britannia ... An Illustration Of Ye Kingdom Of England : J. Ogilby / W. Hollar

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Finely engraved by the master engraver Wenceslaus Hollar this is the elegantly designed and instructive title-page to John Ogilby’s “Britannia”. Designed by artist Francis Barlow the book’s title appears within a scroll held aloft by a trio of cherubs also holding examples of the atlas’s maps. Beneath is a busy pastoral and coastal scene with surveyors at work with instruments including a waywiser, globe, compasses, didiers and so on. Travellers on horseback and at rest study Ogilby’s maps whilst cattle and sheep graze in the pastures beyond. An idealised scene of an idyllic Britain displayed in maps at a completely new format - the road map.
region: Title Pages
mapmakers: J. Ogilby   W. Hollar  
place and date of publication: London 1675
medium and colour: Copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 355 by 218mm (14 by 8.5 inches).
ref: 43570

Price: £ 500

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