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Britannia, Volume the First, or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales
By the Author, 1675. Britannia, Volume the First, or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales: by a Geographical and Historical Description of the Principal Roads theorof. First edition. Engraved and rubricated frontispiece by Hollar after Barlow, title printed in red and black, 12ff., 200pp., 2ff., 6 engraved head-pieces, 6 historiated initials, 1 double page map of England and Wales signed James Moxon in lower left corner, and 100 double-page road maps. folio. Printed by the Author. 1675. A very good, tall copy of the first edition, second issue, with catchword "132" on D1r, without the dedication to Archbishop Gilbert, and with the 4 leaf description "Of the City of London". An early issue, the plates without numbering. Bound in contemporary cat's paw calf, very neatly rebacked (not recently), and with the original red morocco label. Armorial book-plate of Sir William Robinson, Knight, 1704, [of Studley Royal, Yorkshire], High Sheriff of Yorkshire, on the verso of the title-page. The maps are all crisp, clean, dark impressions, with the following minor imperfections. Very small natural paper flaws to maps 11, 20 (in blank margin), and D2 of text with natural paper slit. Tiny rust-holes in maps 21, 24, 40, 75 and 87. Small marginal waterstain to map 21. Clean horizontal tear along an old crease to three preliminary text leaves, but without any loss. The creases are also on a number of other text leaves and appear to be original minor flaws in the paper from the original production. John Ogilby's Britannia was composed of 73 major roads and cross-roa … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ken Spelman Books Ltd. (ABA, PBFA). [York, United Kingdom]
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