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BRITANNIA DEPICTA
Ogilby, Mr.

BRITANNIA DEPICTA

or Ogilby Improv’d; Being an Correct Coppy of ... Actual Survey of all ye Direct Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales: wherein are exactly Delineated & engraved, All ye Cities, Towns, Villages, Churches, Seats & scituate on or near the roads, with their respective distances in measured and computed miles ...The whole for its compendious variety & exactness, preferable to all other books of roads hitherto published or proposed; and calculated not only for the direction of the traveller as they are but the general use of the gentleman and tradesman By Eman: Bowen engraver. London : Printed for, & sold by Tho: Bowles print & map seller next ye. Chapter House in St. Pauls Church-Yard & E. Bowen engraver & print seller near ye Stairs in St. Katherines, 1720 [i.e. 1723].
3rd Issue. of 1720 condensed version of 1675 Folio Ed. Engraved t.p. with decorative border, 4pp. table including engraved coats of arms, 273 engraved plates of strip maps. Several plates cropped across head, plate 159 shaved along fore-edge with loss to text, browning, with the signature of James? Hays No 43 to flyleaf, paper split to firm joints, late C19th half calf with cloth boards, some minor wear and discolouring, blind motifs and gilt lettering to spine with sl. loss to head. ESTC lists a folding plate showing scale of distances and 4 leaves at the end, not present in our copy, and apparently not called for in the first two issues. ESTC N471357 ‘The third issue. Includes index. Engraved throughout ... ‘ Two versions of Ogilby’s original work, both in folio, were issued in 1675, the "Britannia, volume the first" containing both text and maps, and the "Itinerarium Anglić" from which the main portion of the text is omitted. Later, beginning in 1719, various works containing reductions of the maps were issued, among them the "Britannia depicta" of which the first edition is dated 1720.--Sir Herbert George Fordham "John Ogilby ... his Britannia, ..." (Lond., 1925)
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