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Ogilby's Road from York to Lancaster

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Ogilby's Road from York to Lancaster

Date of publication:

  • 1698
  • Place of publication:


  • modern
  • Mapmaker:

  • John Ogilby
  • Thousands of miles of roads were surveyed for John Ogilby’s pioneering road atlas, the ‘Britannia’. The decorative cartouche on this map of the roads from York to Lancaster shows finely dressed local gentry.

    Ogilby showed small towns in detail for the first time, and it was largely thanks to his influence that the Statute Mile was set at 1760 yards.   Read more

    Ogilby devised the project late in life. Ogilby’s modern biographer, Alan Ereira, explores Ogilby's  earlier incarnations as a dancing master, soldier, spy, theatre impresario and translator, through which Ogilby survived the turbulent 17th century. 

    Ereira also presents a provocative new reading of Ogilby's innovative and beautiful road atlas as a work of royalist propaganda – even expressed through the routes which he chose to include or emphasise.

    Condition & Materials 

    Copper engraving, printed area measurement 35 x 44 cm, modern hand colour, a couple of trivial spots, blank verso; published as sheet 88 in the 1698 folio edition. Read less