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OGILBY, John.

Plate 89: The Road from YORK to West CHESTER. Plate 90: The Continuation of the Road from YORK to West CHESTER.

Plate 89 and 90 from "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 thereof."

Published: London: Britannia 1675, first edition.

Stock code: 58656

Price: £600

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These handsome road maps are from John Ogilby’s ‘Britannia’, the first survey of the roads of England and Wales. It was also the first graphic delineation of roads which established the practice of representing the road on the continuous unfolding strip. It shows the journey from York to West Chester on two separate plates. The route is shown in strips, mile by mile, showing every town, village, wood and milestone along the way. Each strip has a compass rose showing north. Large decorated title cartouches at top centre. Sold as a pair only.

Copper engraving. Hand coloured. Very good condition; light offsetting; wide margins. Size: 45 x 35 cm.

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