London to Truro road maps
Plate 32 missing. Plate 33: The Continuation of ye Road from LONDON to BARNSTABLE in Com. Devon. Plate the 2d Comencing at Bridgwater in Com. Somerset & Extending to Barstable in Com. Devonshire and Continuing thence to Hatherley. Plate 34: The Continuation of ye Extended Road From BARNSTABLE to TRURO. Plate ye 3d & last. Comenceing at Hatherley in Com. Devonshire & Extending to Truro in Commitatis Cornub. 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 London to Barstable on three separate plates. The first plate showing the journey from Andover to Bridgwater is missing. 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: 45 x 34 cm. each