This map of Essex is copper engraving produced by Robert Morden for publication in Edmund Gibson's translation of William Camden's Britannia first published by Abel Swalle and Awnsham & John Churchill in 1695. This is notable as it is the first series of maps to mark longitude in minutes of time ( which can be seen in the top border) as well as in degrees (visible in the bottom border). Morden used the survey and strip road maps of John Ogilby (published in his road book, also entitled Britannia, in 1675). Morden did not use Ogilby's standardisation of measure for the mile at 1760 yards. Instead he used the quaint approximation of local variations to include three scales with the whimsical titles of 'Great', 'Middle' and 'Small' miles on his maps. The map is in good condition with excellent margins. There is age toning and a small amount of foxing. Ink date in cartouche. It is framed and glazed. PLEASE NOTE: All glazed and framed maps can be professionally recovered without damage should buyer prefer to purchase unframed.
Author Robert Morden
Condition Very Good