England’s oldest road map up for sale

Published on October 26th, 2009 | by Admin


A 17th century road map of England, which shows all 73 roads the country had at the time, is set to hit the auction block.

The 17th Century work by John Ogilby – ‘Britannia Volume the First, or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales’, was hailed at the time as a “landmark” in road -mapping.

A first edition, dating from 1675, contains 100 double pages of black and white maps laid out in continuous strips depicting 73 major roads and cross-roads across England and Wales, although most of them are routes in and out of of London.

The work also represents the first time in England when an atlas was prepared on a uniform scale, at one inch to a mile, based on the statute of 1,760 yards to the mile.

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