An interesting and charming 18th Century map of Berkshire which appeared in J. Owen & E. Bowen’s pocket road atlas, Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv’d (London: T. Bowles: 1724). On the reverse of the map the road from Oxford to Hungerford via Abingdon and Great Shelford is displayed (see image).
Britannia Depicta (1720-1764) was one of the most popular atlases of the 18th century being published in many editions for close to fifty years.The maps themselves were engraved by Emanuel Bowen (1694?-1767) who was one of the most renowned and prolific map makers of the period. As with many of his maps, he has included copious amounts of text — written by John Owen — describing the county.
- This is an original copperplate engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 11.8cms by 18.1cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate 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.