Road

(de York a Chester et de Manchester a Derby)

by John Senex. published by Desnos Paris 1767. 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″. later hand colouring.  covers the roads from Warrington to Chester and Manchester to Derby via Stockport and Buxton.

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The second plate (no.99) of two from the uncommon French edition of Kitchin’s Post-Chaise Companion of 1767 – itself based on An Actual Survey of all the Principal Roads by John Senex 1719 – which was, in its turn, copied from John Ogilby’s Britannia of 1675.

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(The Road from Towcester to Rugeley)

by John Senex. published in An Actual Survey of all the Principal Roads of England and Wales 1719-42. 6″ x 8 1/8″. later hand colouring.  covers the intervening towns of Daventry, Coventry, Coleshill and Lichfield.

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The second plate (no.22) of four covering the road from London to Holyhead. Copied directly from Ogilby’s larger and less portable Britannia and reduced for one of three ‘ pocket editions ‘ published, due to popular demand, within the space of two years – albeit over forty years after Ogilby’s original survey.

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A Map of the Road from London to Chester

Anon. published in the Gentleman’s Magazine January 1765.  7 5/8″ x 11 3/4″.  later hand colouring.

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The first in a series of road maps issued intermittently between 1765 and at least 1775 some of which are credited to the engraver Thomas Bowen. Chester is given as 182 miles from London implying a scale of roughly three miles to the inch. Showing windmills, paper mills, water mills, gibbets, brine pits as well as distances, gentleman’s houses and halls.

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de York a Chester et de Manchester a Derby

by John Senex. published by Desnos Paris 1767. 5 7/8″ x 7 7/8″. later hand colouring.  covers the road from York to Warrington via Leeds, Rochdale and Manchester.

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The first plate (no.98) of two from the uncommon French edition of Kitchin’s Post-Chaise Companion of 1767 – itself based on An Actual Survey of all the Principal Roads by John Senex 1719 – which was, in its turn, copied from John Ogilby’s Britannia of 1675.

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Diocese of Peterborough

J.T.Law and W.F.Francis. 1864. col.litho. by W.J.Sackett. c.17.7×13.5 ins. In original blue paper covers, slightly dusty, with supporting statistical information.

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London to Southampton

from A Survey of the High Roads of England and Wales pp 69/70.  published by Edward Mogg 1814-17.   8″ x 5 5/8″.  original hand colouring.

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Scarce. Beginning at Hyde Park Corner the road proceeds through Knightsbridge, Kensington, Hammersmith, Brentford and Hounslow before crossing Hounslow Heath and passing the Black Dog Inn at Bedfont – a distance of fourteen miles i.e. one inch to the mile. Shows turnpikes, coaching inns, gentleman’s houses and the Hounslow gunpowder mills.

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The continuation of the road from York to West-Chester

from Britannia, Volume the First. published by John Ogilby 1675. 13 1/8″ x 17 1/4″. covering the road from Warrington to West Chester and the branch from Manchester, via Stockport and Buxton,  to Derby.

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A strong, uncoloured impression, as issued, of plate no. 90 from Ogilby’s monumental survey of the roads of England and Wales. Covering about 7500 miles and undertaken in his late sixties, it marked the culmination of an extraordinary life encompassing the careers of dancing master, theatre impresario, translator, poet, bookseller, surveyor, cartographer and publisher. Taken at a consistent scale of 1 inch to the mile it revealed the detailed skeleton of the country previously only hinted at : hedges, walls, bridges, hills, streams, fields, houses – even gallows. Britannia was commercially successful and as a result, heavily plagiarised; but gave Ogilby, who died in 1676, the lasting recognition that his efforts deserved.

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