Britannia

Description

With an elegant vignette of Neptune and Thetis supporting the title on a banner, this map of part of the route from London to Flamboroughead in Yorkshire also takes the form of a strip map, on a scale of approximately one inch to the mile. However, the strips are treated as trompe l’oeil scrolls with the tops and bottoms furling over themselves behind, the curve shaded with hatching. 

The map includes fine detail, with hills depicted pictorially and with small illustrations to mark the sites of churches, windmills and country seats. More useful, perhaps, is the insertion of the number of miles travelled along the route, as well as various notes, such as ‘a Wooden bridge over a dike’ and ‘to Bridlington a different way'.

Full title:
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. Actually admeasured and delineated in a century of whole-sheet copper-sculps ... By John Ogilby, Esqr; his Majesty's Cosmographer, etc.
Published:
1675, London
Publisher:  
John Ogilby
Format:
Book / Map
Creator:
John Ogilby
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.6.d.8.

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