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Book Description
London: Thomas Bowles, 1749. (8 x 6 inches). 4 leaves of tables. Engraved title-page and 273 engraved road maps after Emanuel Bowen. Recent calf gilt (a bit rubbed). Fourth edition, first published in 1720 in its current format, but a reduced version of Ogilby's "Britannia" first published in London in 1675. "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). This is one of Emanuel Bowen's earlier works, and his contribution to eighteenth-century world and British atlases would be substantial.
Dealer Notes
Externally

Spine – very good condition.
Joints – very good condition.
Corners – very good condition.
Boards – very good condition.
Page edges – very good condition.
See above and photos.

Internally

Hinges – very good condition.
Paste downs – very good condition – new.
End papers – very good condition – new and an old chipped and undersized one.
Title – good condition – chipped at the edges of the page, with a split to the paper at the base (5mm) without loss - as per photo of Ipswich plan.
Pages – good condition - some chips and splits as per photos.
Binding – good condition – attractive.
See photos
Author BOWEN, Emanuel (1693/4–1767) [OGILBY, John, 1600-1676]
Date 1749
Binding Fine Binding
Publisher London: Printed & sold by Tho: Bowles Print & Map Seller in St. Pauls Church-Yard.
Condition Good

Price: £1200.00

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