Page 177 & 178: The Road from Exeter to Great Torrington (via Ilfracombe) by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1724
A charming, double sided 18th century road strip map showing the route from Exeter to Great Torrington -- via Crediton, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Bideford -- which appeared in John Owen and Emanuel Bowen's Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv'd (London: T. Bowles, 1720-c.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 copious 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 area is 11.8cms by 18.1cms for page 177 and 11.5cms by 18cms for page 178.
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. 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 280 years old.