Morden, Robert - Glocestershire.(Gloucestershire)
Ist edition. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size : 42.7cms x 37.8cms . Engraved size : 410mm.x 341mm. Title in decorative cartouche at top left with three scales of distance bottom right. Centre fold as issued, some dustiness below the Scale of Mileas and in top right blank; one repaired tiny hole next to Monmouth, similarly repaired similar size hole bottom left blank near neatline and one repaired crack bottom left margin; one round mark nnear neatline bottom right blank else very good.
Robert Morden died in 1703, so this is the only edition of his most famous maps that were published in his lifetime. These maps are the first county maps to show roads ( based on Ogilby’s road maps ) and show three scales representing great, middle and small miles as different scales were used in different parts of the country. The extremely rare John Bill maps of the 1620’s were the first to carry latitude and longitude which Morden shows here too : longitude (measured from the meridian of St. Paul’s Cathedral) given in the form of time in minutes at the top of the map , usually in Roman numerals, and at the bottom in degrees.