'The Road From LONDON to DOVER' [via Rochester, Canterbury] by John Ogilby c.1698 (pl.18)
A fascinating and attractive 17th century road strip map showing the route from London to Dover -- via Deptford, Dartford, Strood, Rochester, Sittingbourne and Canterbury -- which appeared in John Ogilby's Britannia* (London: 1698)
John Ogilby (1600-1676) was one of the most colourful characters in the history of British map making. Born in Edinburgh, he started his working life as a dancer. He later became a theartre owner in Dublin where he made a considerable fortune but lost this due to the Civil War. Undeterred, he moved to London where he opened a book shop specialising in classical works. He once again amassed a considerable fortune but lost most of this when his shop burnt to the ground in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was then that he turned to map making. Having produced maps of Africa, Asia and America, his greatest work, 'Britannia', appeared in 1675.This had the distinction of being the first ever road atlas of England & Wales. The 100 maps contained within were also the first to work by the principle of one inch to the mile and to use the Statute mile of 1760 yards (as opposed to the other mile measuements in existence) Each road map depicts a route in the form of 6 or 7 vertical strips with a compass rose showing orientation; additionally, miles, furlongs, towns, churches, windmills, rivers, hills and even gallows are depicted. In total, about 7500 miles were surveyed for the production of the atlas. Britannia proved to be a major success; not only did Ogilby die a wealthy man but his maps were the basis of all road maps for the next 100 years and were incorporated into all county and British maps of the period.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 44.4cms by 31.9cms
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. There are a few very minor stains and an inconspicuous iron mould stain on the left of the map halfway up. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 300 years old.