Middlesex (Bagshot, Staines, Hounslow, Brentford, London)
£30.00 Approx $38.86, €34.4
Author: Owen, John & Bowen, Emanuel
Publisher: Britannia Depicta
Date published: 1720 circaStrip road map. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size in off white fully conservation grade mount and back mount with decorative v groove : 27.5cms x 33.9cms. Engraved size : 115mm x 170mm. Uniform overall toning else very good condition. Emanuel Bowen, in collaboration with John Owen, engraved the maps for the half-scale reduction of Ogilby's road maps of 1675. This version was entitled 'Britannia Depicta' and was first published in 1720 : 'The Whole for its Compendious Variety & Exactness, preferable to all other Books of Roads hitherto Published or Proposed ; And calculated not only for the direction of the Traveller (as they are) but the general use of the Gentleman and Tradesman'. This set of maps was very popular and with many re-issues was the most successful of the pocket road maps combining as it did individual county maps followed by a set of strip road maps.