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Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Impov'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 & scituate on or near the Roads with their respective Distances in Measured and Computed Miles. And to render this work universally usefull & agreeable, [beyond any of its kind] are added in a clear & most compendious method . . . [Scarce First Issue] And to render this work universally usefull & agreeable, [beyond any of its kind] are added in a clear & most compendious method: 1. A full & particular description & account of all the Cities, Borough-Towns, Towns-Corporate & their Ar
London: Printed and Sold by Tho Bowles, 1720. First Edition. Full Calf. Fine. 4to; [6], 273, [1]pp. Bound in contemporary full English paneled calf, sympathetically rebacked, the spine with five raised bands ruled in gilt and a new red morocco lettering piece gilt; all edges speckled red. First edition, first issue, of this fully and finely engraved road atlas of England and Wales, with 273 maps patterned after the 17th-century versions of John Ogilby. Scarce first issue, with “next ye King of Spain in S: Katherines” in the imprint statement (later issues read “near ye Stairs in St. Katherine’s”). First Edition points as follows: p. 8, Sussex 'rapes' [administrative boundaries] not numbered; p.128 misnumbered '121' (a later owner has added lines to the numeral '1' making it look like an '8'; p.141 showing a coat of arms in the text at bottom right showing three trefoils in a bend or diagonal bar. Shirley I, 278-80. Hodson 149. Tooley, 83. Lister, 62. A smaller, popular version of John Ogilby's famous road atlases of England, originally published in 1675 in a folio edition entitled: Britannia: or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales. Ogilby's survey was perhaps the most accurate to date; he used the new distance of 1760 yards to a mile instead of the old standard of 2428 yards and calculated measurements methodically by foot. Due to public demand for these accurate strip road maps in a format conducive to travel, several smaller versions were published, with the present edition being one of the most successful. Emanuel Bowen was official map engraver to both George II and Louis XV of France, producing some of the finest and most intricately engraved English county maps of his time. His popular, conveniently sized Britannia Depicta went through three printings the first year. It contains 54 county maps and associated suites of strip road maps spread over 273 plates. An all-together elaborate production, in Fine, clean, bright condition, each map fully and elaborately engraved by Emanuel Bowen and enhanced with little-known historical facts (supplied by the antiquarian John Owen), elaborate heraldic images, rococo cartouches and decorative borders.
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