Title: The Road from Carlisle, Cumbr. to Barwick upon Tweed, Northumbr.

By: Ogilby, John

Map id: 43878
Published date: 1698

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The Road from Carlisle, Cumbr. to Barwick upon Tweed, Northumbr.

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Full title: The Road from Carlisle, Cumbr. to Barwick upon Tweed, Northumbr. Containing 80 miles 4 furlongs. To Brakenhill 9.4., to ye entrance into Scotland 9.2., to Castleton 5.0., to Jedbrough 22, to Kelso 10.6., to ye re-entrance into England 5.4., to Cornhill 4.1., to Wesell 3m.3f. & to Barwick 10 mil.2 furl. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Attractive cartouche.Overall size : 48.2cms.x 39.3cms. Image size : 445mm x 320mm. Centre fold as published. Slight age-toning to margins, ink inscription on reverse shows through slightly at top left of margin, otherwise vg. condition. John Ogilby is regarded by many as the most important name in British Cartography after Christopher Saxton. He was born in Edinburgh in 1600 and led a varied life embracing many different careers. He started life as a dancing teacher and followed this with a spell as tutor to the children of the Earl of Stafford. Next he went to Dublin where he ran a theatre successfully until the Civil War in 1641. He nearly lost his life in the Irish troubles and returned to London destitute. After a time in Cambridge as a literary translator he found favour at Court and was responsible for organising the coronation revels. After another sojourn in Dublin he set up business as a printer and publisher in London but this venture was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. After the fire he was appointed one of four 'sworn viewers' who were ordered to survey those parts of the city that had been destroyed, in order to establish rights of ownership. The King appointed him Royal Cosmographer and Geographic Printer. Encouraged by the King's interest in the project Ogilby began work on Britannia, the first national road atlas. The first edition of 100 strip maps appeared in 1675 funded in part by a lottery organised by Ogilby. Unfortunately Ogilby died in the year of publication and so the rest of the project was never completed. He established the Statute Mile of 1,760 yards as a national unit of measurement, prior to his work there were three different mile lengths in use. See Reference works by J. Booth, R.A. Skelton and Thomas Chubb.

Subject Northumberland
Map maker Ogilby, John
Publisher No
Published at year 1698

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