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An early map of the road from London to Towcester

Stock No. 15101 Category: Tags: , , , , Cartographer: OGILBY, John.

The Road from London to Holy-Head co: Anglesey...
London, c.1675. Coloured. 330 x 445mm.


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London to Towcester, via Islington, Highgate, High Barnet, St Albans & Dunstable. The road also goes through Milton Keynes without noticing, via Fenny Stratford, Bletchley & Stony Stratford.

Plate 21 from Ogilby's 'Britannia', the first road atlas of England & Wales, first published in 1675. It was only after his work that roads started being shown on county maps. The route is shown on scroll-like strips, with a decorative title cartouche, in this case divided into two parts: on the right is Ogilby pushing a 'way-wiser' (surveyor's wheel), a rider with a dioptra and a putti with a surveyor's chain; on the left is a post rider blowing a horn and putti with grapes and other produce.

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Dimensions 445 × 330 mm



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The Road from London to Holy-Head co: Anglesey…


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


A good example.


Second state, with plate number bottom right.