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An early road map of King’s Lynn to Harwich

Stock No. 15331 Category: Tags: , , , , Cartographer: OGILBY, John.

The Road from King's Lyn Co. Norf. to Harwich...
London, c.1675, second state. Coloured. 330 x 445mm.

£220

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The complete route, via Thetford and Ipswich.
Plate 75 from Ogilby's 'Britannia', the first national road-atlas of any country in Western Europe. It was composed of maps of seventy-three major roads and cross-roads, presented as trompe-l'oeil scrolls, each with a decorative title cartouche. It was the first English atlas on a uniform scale, at one inch to a mile, and the 'mile' Ogilby used became the national standard, the statute mile of 1,760 yards. Ogilby claimed that 26,600 miles of roads were surveyed in the course of preparing the atlas, on foot using the surveyor's wheel depicted in the cartouche, but only about 7,500 were actually depicted in print. It was only after the 'Britannia' that roads started being shown on county maps.

Additional information

Dimensions 445 × 330 mm
Cartographer

Date

1675

Extra Info

The Road from King's Lyn Co. Norf. to Harwich…

Publication

London, c.1675, second state. Coloured. 330 x 445mm.

Condition

Printer's crease through title.

References

Second state, with plate number bottom right.