Middlesex / Buckinghamshire
Author: Owen, John & Bowen, Emanuel
Publisher: Britannia Depicta
Date published: 1720circaNo 33. Strip road map. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size in hinged off white fully conservation mount and back (so floating freely apart from two pieces of archival tape) : 26.7cms x 34.2cms. Engraved size : 119mm x 188mm London, Hounslow, Colebrook, slow (Slough). On verso is uncoloured no 34 strips of Berkshire and Oxfordshire including Maidenhead,Nettlebed and Dorchester. Very good condition apart from very slight show through in blank areas. Emanuel Bowen, in collaboration with John Owen, engraved the maps for the half-scale reduction of Ogilby's road maps of 1675. The need for a smaller version to take on coach travel was supplied by their 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 had many re-issues and was probably the most successful of the pocket road maps combining as it did individual county maps followed by a set of strip road maps.