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Britannia, or, The Kingdom of England and dominion of Wales actually survey'd: with a geographical and historical description of the principal roads, explain'd by one hundred maps on copper-plates : with the ichnography, or drought of the several cities, chief towns, &c., and a view of the churches, houses, and places of note on the road: also an account of the most remarkable passages of antiquity relating to them, and of their present state
Robert Morden & Abel Swall, London, 1698. Folio atlas with Itinerarium Angliae pp. 48, followed by 100 double page road maps in a strip format. Many of the maps are frayed at the corners, affecting the margins only. Several words of text are missing from the lower right corner of the title page and dedication page. Inscription on the first fly leaf reads "Duplicate from the Library of the Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall." Contemporary leather with large embossed gold family crest of Thomas Coke (1st Earl of Leicester), which reads "Prudens qui patiens" and features an ostrich holding a horseshoe perched on a hat. Cover re-backed and right corner re-attached. John Ogilby's "Britannia," is an innovative atlas of road maps that contextualized travel between known points within physical features of the surrounding landscape. The usefulness of this combination of features shows itself in the well-used pages of this final version of the atlas. The volume contains 100 strip maps that collectively document 2,519 miles. While the atlas does not have page numbers, the maps are numbered in the lower right corner for ease of use. The atlas is particularly notable for its large-scale format, allowing for detailed description of even small roads in the Kingdom of England. The combination of these various advances has led many scholars to regard "Britannia" as the first major development in British cartography since the early 16th century. John Ogilby (1600--1676) is often noted in the literature for his wide ranging pursuits--dancer, actor, translator, tutor, among others--that, more o … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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