John Ogilby, 'Britannia', 1675

John Ogilby, 'Britannia', 1675

John Ogilby (1600-76)
'Britannia'
1675
Engraving on paper
Published in London
National Art Library pressmark 51.C.1

Ogilby's atlas is the forerunner to the modern road atlas. Its attractive scroll format combines three-dimensional pictorial details with a two-dimensional street map. It directs the traveller on the London to Dover route through reference to landmarks but unlike modern maps, it does not provide orientation, making it appear strange to modern eyes.