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BOWEN, Emanuel (1693/4 1767) [OGILBY, John, 1600-1676]
Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv d; Being a Correct Coppy of Mr. Ogilby s Actual Survey of all ye Direct & Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales Wherein are exactly Delineated & Engraven All ye Cities, Towns, Villages, Churches, Seats &c. SCITUATE ON OR NEAR The ROADS WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTANCES IN MEASURED AND COMPUTED MILES
London: Printed & sold by Tho: Bowles Print & Map Seller in St. Pauls Church-Yard. London: Thomas Bowles, 1749. (8 x 6 inches). 4 leaves of tables. Engraved title-page and 273 engraved road maps after Emanuel Bowen. Recent calf gilt (a bit rubbed). Fourth edition, first published in 1720 in its current format, but a reduced version of Ogilby's "Britannia" first published in London in 1675. "Ogilby secured the. title of His Majesty's Cosmographer early in 1671 [and] drew upon the support of the King and other patrons in the production and publication of Britannia, the work for which he became best known. Chiefly a road atlas, it was securely based on contemporary and collaborative research. Ogilby drew out 2519 miles of road in the form of 100 strip maps, a technique that was widely imitated throughout the following century. Measuring distances by waywiser (his "great wheel"), he made allowance for roads that ascended hills yet had to be depicted in two dimensions on paper, and his surveys helped to standardize the mile at 1760 yards throughout the kingdom. Britannia marked the first major advance in cartography in England since the Tudor period, though it did echo earlier traditions. It was republished in 1698, 1719, and 1720, and on subsequent occasions up to modern times" (DNB). This is one of Emanuel Bowen's earlier works, and his contribution to eighteenth-century world and British atlases would be substantial.   Condition Report Externally Spine very good condition. Joints very good condition. Corners very good condition. Boards very good condition. Page edges very goo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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