'LONDON to SHREWSBURY & WELSHPOOL in MONTGOMERY SH. commencing at Meriden in the Chester Road.' by T. Bowen c.1775

'LONDON to SHREWSBURY & WELSHPOOL in MONTGOMERY SH. commencing at Meriden in the Chester Road.' by T. Bowen c.1775
SKU: gemgrm/lswm/001

An interesting 18th Century road strip map -- showing the routes from Meriden to Welshpool via Dudley and Shrewsbury; from Shrewbury to Holywell via Wrexham; from Shrewsbury to Chester via Whitchurch; and Chester to Holyhead via Denbigh, Aberconwy and Beaumaris -- which was engraved by Thomas Bowen and published in Sylvanus Urban's The Gentleman's Magazine (London: D. Henry, 1775).

'The Gentleman's Magazine' was founded in London by Edward Cave (pen name: Sylvanus Urban) in 1731. It was the first ever periodical to use the term 'magazine'; coming from the French / Arabic word for a 'storehouse'. Focusing on an array of subjects including politics, the publication became very popular reaching sales of 10,000 in its first eight years and over 15,000 by the 1740s. Amongst its many contributors was Samuel Johnson who first found regular employment as a writer. 'The Gentleman's Magazine' remained popular throughout the 18th and 19th centuries but by the early 20th century it sales had dropped to the extent that it was finally discontinued in 1922.

  • This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
  • Printed area is approximately 28cms by 16.5cms.
  • The map is in very good condition with decent margins; folds, as issued. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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  • Guaranteed to be over 240 years old.