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Britannia, Volume the First

By Ogilby, John




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Britannia, Volume the First: or, An Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales.

OGILBY, John (1600-1676).

London: by the author, 1675. OGILBY, John (1600-1676). Britannia, Volume the First: or, An Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales. London: by the author, 1675. Folio (16 6/8 x 10 6/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece by Wenceslaus Hollar after Francis Barlow, double-page map of England and Wales by Joseph Moxon, and 100 double-page strip road maps with cartouches (the first with a small early repair to verso). Contemporary speckled calf, the spine in seven compartments with six raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in one, the others elaborately decorated with small gilt tools. Provenance: John Evelyn (1620-1706), founding member of the Royal Society, English writer, diarist, and gardener, his posthumous book-label on the front free endpaper, and shelf-marks on the paste-down and at the foot of the title-page ("Hercules 11", deleted). ; his sale, Sotheby's, 25th June, 1992, lot 268 THE EVELYN COPY First edition, the second issue with 28 pages of preliminaries, without the dedication to Archbishop Gilbert, D1r ("Of the city of London") has the catchword: "132," plates numbered. All published. From the distinguished library of John Evelyn, a 17th-century Renaissance man, who was at the heart of the social, political, intellectual, and ecclesiastical life of his time, and. Over his lifetime Evelyn amassed a library of near 5000 books, which were sold at auction in the late 1970s. His diary, "long recognized as the most extensive and historically informative record of one of the most momentous periods in English literature, and his family papers are held in the British Library. Evelyn also owned copies of Ogilby's "Asia" and "Africa". "Ogilby secured the... title of His Majesty's Cosmographer early in 1671 [and] drew upon the support of the King and other patrons in the production and publication of Britannia..., the work for which he became best known. Chiefly a road atlas, it was securely based on contemporary and collaborative research... Ogilby drew out 2519 miles of road in the form of 100 strip maps, a technique that was widely imitated throughout the following century. Measuring distances by waywiser (his "great wheel"), he made allowance for roads that ascended hills yet had to be depicted in two dimensions on paper, and his surveys helped to standardize the mile at 1760 yards throughout the kingdom. Britannia marked the first major advance in cartography in England since the Tudor period, though it did echo earlier traditions. It was republished in 1698, 1719, and 1720, and on subsequent occasions up to modern times" (DNB). Wing O-168. .

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Britannia, Volume the First: or, An Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales.

OGILBY, John (1600-1676).

London: by the author, 1675. Folio (17 1/8 x 11 2/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece by Wenceslaus Hollar after Francis Barlow, double-page map of England and Wales by Joseph Moxon, and 100 double-page strip road maps with cartouches, engraved head-pieces and initials (some light browning and a few creases). Contemporary mottled calf (worn at extremities, hinges weak, endpapers renewed). Provenance: The 19th-century engraved armorial bookplate of Thomas Bartlett (born 1839) on the front paste-down. "THE FIRST MAJOR ADVANCE IN CARTOGRAPHY SINCE THE TUDOR PERIOD" (DNB) First edition, the issue with 28 pages of preliminaries, without the dedication to Archbishop Gilbert, D1r ("Of the city of London") has the catchword: "of", and the plates are unnumbered. All published. "Ogilby secured the... title of His Majesty's Cosmographer early in 1671 [and] drew upon the support of the King and other patrons in the production and publication of Britannia..., the work for which he became best known. Chiefly a road atlas, it was securely based on contemporary and collaborative research... Ogilby drew out 2519 miles of road in the form of 100 strip maps, a technique that was widely imitated throughout the following century. Measuring distances by waywiser (his "great wheel"), he made allowance for roads that ascended hills yet had to be depicted in two dimensions on paper, and his surveys helped to standardize the mile at 1760 yards throughout the kingdom. Britannia marked the first major advance in cartography in England since the Tudor period, though it did echo earlier traditions. It was republished in 1698, 1719, and 1720, and on subsequent occasions up to modern times" (DNB). John Ogilby had led a full and interesting life even before began printing the famous series of travel books that bear his name. He was an investor in the Virginia Company lottery; a renowned dancer, even owning his own dancing school and dancing before the King; and founder and managing director of the first theatre in Dublin. Ogilby only turned to publishing after an accident left him lame and he was no longer able to dance, and the rise to power of Oliver Cromwell made frivolities like dancing unfashionable. Wing O-168. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

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Britannia, Volume the First: or, An Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales.

OGILBY, John (1600-1676).

London: by the author, 1675. Folio (17 x 10 6/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. double-page map of England and Wales by Joseph Moxon, and 100 double-page strip road maps with cartouches, engraved head-pieces and initials (without the frontispiece, pale marginal stains throughout, occasionally affecting the maps, some occasionally heavy browning). Contemporary reversed calf (rebacked, endpapers renewed, worn at the extremities). Provenance: The 19th-century leather and gilt bookplate of Edward Hailstone (1818-1890), Yorkshire solicitor, churchwarden and book collector, on the front paste-down. "THE FIRST MAJOR ADVANCE IN CARTOGRAPHY SINCE THE TUDOR PERIOD" (DNB) First edition, the issue with 28 pages of preliminaries, without the dedication to Archbishop Gilbert, D1r ("Of the city of London") has the catchword: "132", and the plates unnumbered. All published. "Ogilby secured the... title of His Majesty's Cosmographer early in 1671 [and] drew upon the support of the King and other patrons in the production and publication of Britannia..., the work for which he became best known. Chiefly a road atlas, it was securely based on contemporary and collaborative research... Ogilby drew out 2519 miles of road in the form of 100 strip maps, a technique that was widely imitated throughout the following century. Measuring distances by waywiser (his "great wheel"), he made allowance for roads that ascended hills yet had to be depicted in two dimensions on paper, and his surveys helped to standardize the mile at 1760 yards throughout the kingdom. Britannia marked the first major advance in cartography in England since the Tudor period, though it did echo earlier traditions. It was republished in 1698, 1719, and 1720, and on subsequent occasions up to modern times" (DNB). John Ogilby had led a full and interesting life even before began printing the famous series of travel books that bear his name. He was an investor in the Virginia Company lottery; a renowned dancer, even owning his own dancing school and dancing before the King; and founder and managing director of the first theatre in Dublin. Ogilby only turned to publishing after an accident left him lame and he was no longer able to dance, and the rise to power of Oliver Cromwell made frivolities like dancing unfashionable. Wing O-168. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

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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.

OGILBY, John (1600-1676) - BOWEN, Emanuel (1694-1767) and John OWEN.

London: Printed by the Author at his House in White-Fryers, 1675 Folio (16 x 10 1/2 in.; 40.6 x 26.7 cm). Engraved frontispiece by Wencelaus Hollar after Francis Barlow, letterpress title-page printed in red and black, double-page map of England and Wales signed James Moxon in lower left corner, 100 double-page engraved road maps, engraved headpieces and historiated initials. BINDING/CONDITION: Some browning and foxing to text, about 15 maps browned, paper flaw in upper left corner of map 8 and so printed, map 45 and text partially sprung from text block, left margin of map 51 cropped slightly affecting first portion of the route, lower margins of maps 69 and 100 shaved costing plate number. Contemporary calf; covers scuffed, rebacked, some edges renewed. (64F5A) FIRST EDITION OF "THE FIRST SURVEY OF THE ROADS OF ENGLAND AND WALES" (Chubb). The second issue, with catchword "132" on D1r and without the dedication to Archbishop Gilbert. All published. Ogilby's work was composed of 73 major roads and cross-roads, presented in a continuous strip form. For the first time in England, an atlas was prepared on a uniform scale, at one inch to a mile, based on the statute mile of 1,760 yards to the mile. Villages and mansions along the roads are identified, and in some cases the names of the residents are also given. According to one source, Ogilby claimed that 26,600 miles of roads were surveyed in the course of preparing the atlas, but only about 7,500 were actually depicted in print. "In its comprehensiveness, its incorporation of new devices of computation and delineation, and its opulence of paper, design and decoration, it immediately set a new standard for map-making in England...this volume was an attempt at a scientific study not only of the roads but also the terrain and habitations on either side of the roads" (K.S. Eerde, "John Ogilby and the Taste of his Times," 1976, p. 137). PROVENANCE: The Dukes of Buccleuch (small engraved armorial ticket of Ditton Park on pastedown and shelfmark) REFERENCES: Chubb CI; ESTC R483348; Wing O-168.

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Britannia, Volume the First: or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales,

Ogilby, John,

Alexander Duckham & Co, , 1939,. Hardcover,. oblong quarto size (250 x 316 mm), a facsimile of Ogilby's original work: 100 plates of maps, one general map of England and Wales, and one stylised view, all in colour; title page and four of text pages printed black and red; original cloth boards, upper board stamped with title etc. title also on spine, a few marks but otherwise covers clean, contents very clean, one corner bumped,

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Britannia, Volume The First

O'Gilby, John

Alexander Duckham. Minor wear, including corner bumps, light marks and mild page tanning. Otherwise in very good used condition, with clean unmarked pages, spine intact, bindings firm. . Good. 1939.

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image of 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. Accomodated with the ichnography of the several cities and capital towns; and compleated by an accurate account of the more remarkable passages of antiquity, together with a novel discourse of the present state / By J. Ogilby, London, Printed by the author, 1675

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. Accomodated with the ichnography of the several cities and capital towns; and compleated by an accurate account of the more remarkable passages of antiquity, together with a novel discourse of the present state / By J. Ogilby, London, Printed by the author, 1675

Ogilby, John (1600-1676)

London : A. Duckham, 1939. Facsimile Edition. Very good copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Panel edges somewhat dulled and dust-toned as with age. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression.. Physical description; [7], 100 p. ; 25 x 32 cm. Subjects; Roads — Great Britain — Maps — Early works to 1800. Great Britain — Description and travel — Early works to 1800.

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BRITANNIA Volume the First: or, an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales. a. Description of the Principal Roads

Ogilby, John

London: Alexander Duckham, 1939. 108 pp, including 100 pp of facsimile road maps plus a general map of England and Wales Facsimile edition of the 1675 edition. Red cloth labels. Internally clean and tight. Trifle foxing to the fore-edge. A nice copy. facimile reprint. Hardback. V.g./No Jacket. Oblong 4to.

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Britannia, Volume The First ; Illustration Of The Kingdom Of England And Dominion Of Wales

Ogilby, John

Alexander Duckham, 1939. 1st thus.. Hardback. Cloth, VG. 106pp, colour illustrations throughout, one spine label lacking, otherwise a nice copy. A facsimile of Ogilby's 1675 Britannia, the first road atlas of Britain to be published, in the form of strip maps. The book was published by Alexander Duckham, of motor oil fame, as a gift book to celebrate Duckham's 40th anniversary.

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