MORDEN, Robert

Oxfordshire - ,

Abel Swale Awnsham & John Churchill, 1722.

Second edition, with "Forrest Hill" spelt correctly. 424mm x 353mm. Copperplate engraved map with recent hand-colouring. Detailed map of Oxfordshire with scale of miles to bottom left. Towns coloured in red, and parks and forests in green. A very good double-page map, strengthened and repaired along the central fold. One small chip to left margin not affecting the printed area.

An intricately detailed and hand-coloured map from William Camden's Britannia. Morden was employed to replace the outdated maps by Saxton and based his maps on manuscript sources, as well as the surveys of Ogilby and Morgan, Seller, Palmer and the coastal charts of Captain Greenville Collins.
These maps were the first to show the roads based on Ogilby's earlier work of 1675, and include 3 scales to cover the various ones used in different parts of the country, including minutes of time (top border) and degrees (bottom border). For most countries at this time, longitude was based on the meridian of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Bishop Gibson described the maps from this series as "much the fairest and most correct of any that have yet appeared".

LITERATURE: CAMDEN, William Brittania (1722)

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