Bristol to Chester road maps.
Plate 56: The Road from BRISTOL com. Glolz to West CHESTER. Plate 57: The Continuation of the Road from BRISTOL to CHESTER Comenceing at LUDLOW com. SHREWS and extending to CHESTER.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."
These handsome road maps are from John Ogilvy’s Britannia, which was 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 Bristol to 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 cartouche at top centre with royal arms below on each plate.
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Copper engraving. Hand coloured. Very good condition; wide margins. Size: 46.5 x 35.5 cm each