Page 119 & 120: The Road from St. Albans to Oakham (via Bedford) by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1720-1764

Page 119 & 120: The Road from St. Albans to Oakham (via Bedford) by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1720-1764
SKU: owborm/119&120/003

A charming double sided 18th century road strip map showing the route from St. Albans to Oakham  -- via Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Rockingham and Uppingham -- which appeared in John Owen & Emanuel Bowen's Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv'd (London: T. Bowles, 1720-1764).

The Owen and Bowen road strip maps were based on the far larger ones done by John Ogilby in the 1670s. Their smaller format of ½ inch to the mile, however, made them far more practical and portable than the folio sized Ogilby road atlas which weighed 4½ pounds! Each map was finely engraved by Emanuel Bowen, who was one of the most renowned and prolific map makers of the 18th century. The maps also had the added feature of copius amounts of information, written by John Owen, describing the places visited.'Britannia Depicta' proved to be immensely popular with the travelling public and was continually published for nearly 50 years.

  • This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
  • Printed areas are approximately 11.5cms by 17.9cms for page 119 and 11.8cms by 17cms for page 120. 
  • The map is in very good condition. The left margin ( Page 119) is close but still mountable without loss. There is also some minor see-through. Click on image for better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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  • Guaranteed to be at least 250 years old.