Britannia Depicta, Or Ogilby Improv’d. Being An Actual Survey Of All The Direct And Principal Cross Roads Of England And Wales;
Printed by Tho : Bowles, Print and Map Seller in St. Paul's Church Yard.
Wherein are exactly delineated and engraven all ye cities, towns, villages, churches, gentlemen's seats, etc. situate on or near the roads, with their respective distances in measured and computed miles, and to render this - work universally usefull and agreable [beyond any of it's kind] are added in a clear and most compendious method. 1. a full and particular description and account of all the cities boroughs-towns towns corporate etc, their arms,antiquity, charters, privileges, trade, rarities etc with suitable remarks on all places of note drawn from the best historians and antiquaries - by john owen of the midd;temple, gent. 2 the armes of the peers of the realm who derive their titles from the places lying on or near the roads. 3 the arms of all ye bishopricks and deanaries, their foundation, extent, yearly-value, number of parishes etc. 4 the arms, and a succinet account of both universities and their respective colleges, their foundations fellowships etc. lastly particular and correct maps of all ye counties of south britain; with a summary description of each county, it's circumference, number of acres, boro's and markets towns and parishes, air, soil, comodities, manufactures and what each pays in ye 2sh aid etc. the whole for its compendious variety and 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.
The Fourth Edition. Small 4to. 8pp. text and 273 engraved pages on which are depicted 54 titles, each with a County Map followed by a complete 'strip map' of each road. Bound in publisher's contemporary full calf, panelled, gilt spine with raised bands, with title label as issued. This is the fourth edition of this famous road-book-cum-atlas, and I think I have not seen a better copy or one retaining a more original binding. The plates are clean and retain good margins, this copy is near fine. The front paste-down has a contemporary book-plate of Henry Harden LLB
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