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Early map of the roads from Gloucester and Coventry

Stock No. 15378 Category: Tags: , , Cartographer: OGILBY, John.

The Road from Glocester to Coventrey....
London, c.1675. Coloured. 330 x 445mm.


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This map shows the route between Gloucester and Coventry via Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Chipping Campden, Mickleton, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick.
Plate 70 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, in this case shepherds and their flock. 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.

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The Road from Glocester to Coventrey….


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


A good example.


Second state, with plate number bottom right.