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Ogilby 1675
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The following extracts are taken from one of the editions of the text pages accompanying John Ogilby's road maps, his Book of Roads, published first about 1674-75. The pages transcribed are in the Map Collection of Hampshire CC Museums Service, just a bundle of loose pages - ie other text is most likely missing; item HMCMS:FA1998.22.
map type: HantsMap & Ogilby 1675
The descriptions of routes are arranged route by route; some routes involve several plates. Only the routes which pass through Hampshire have been transcribed, together with header text from the start of the route. The plates which include parts of Hampshire are:-
plate 25    
London to Lands End, part 1
Blackwater to Andover

plate 26    
London to Lands End, part 2
Andover to Wiltshire border

plate 30    
London to Portsmouth
... Petersfield to Portsmouth

plate 32    
London to Barnstaple, part 1
Andover to Wiltshire border

plate 39    
London to Chichester, and to Winchester
Petersfield to Winchester

plate 51    
London to Southampton, and to Salisbury
Basingstoke to Wiltshire border

plate 81    
Oxford to Chichester
Kingsclere to Petersfield

plate 83    
Oxford to Salisbury, and to Poole
near South Tidworth

plate 97    
London to Poole
Alresford to Ringwood;
Winchester to Southampton;
Christchurch to Lymington


Introduction, preface
THE Ingenious Author (whose great Abilities for these sorts of Performances, are sufficiently known to the World) having received express Orders from King Charles II. for Surveying the Principal Roads of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, put them in Execution, with indefatigable Pains and Industry: Afterwards having compleated the several Descriptions, he Dedicated them to that Judicious Prince, and Published them in a large Folio, A. D. 1674.
'Twere needless to insist on the Usefulness of Works of this Nature; since 'tis apparent, that they have met with good reception in all Ages: For, not to mention the Precedents Establish'd by Divine Authority; the Persian Monarchs commanded an exact Register to be made of the Stationary Distances throughout their vast Dominions: In like manner, the Macedonian Conqueror (who founded the Third Monarchy of the Word) had his Mensores Itinerum Alexandri, and Julius Caesar the Illustrious Founder of the Roman Empire Compos'd an Universal Itinerary. As for those of our Nation, the most accurate of this kind, hitherto extant, even the famous Itinerary of Great Britain by Antoninus, and the no less celebrated Peutingerian Tables, fall very much short of our Author's Book of Roads; in which all the Distances are exactly adjusted by an actual Dimensuration, and the Principal Places are Illustrated with an Historical and Geographical Description.
In this Edition, care has been taken, not only to revise and correct the Text, but also to render the Style more concise and and [sic] intelligible, and in order to bring the whole matter within its due bounds; 'twas requisite to make use of a few Abbreviations here subjoyn'd.
The Abbreviations in this WORK.
Asc. for Ascent.     P. for Park.
Br. for Bridg.     Par. for Parish.
C. or Com. for Common.     Parl. for Parliament.
Ch. for Church.     R. for Road.
Chap. for Chappel     . Riv. for River.
Corp. for Corporation.     V. or Vill. for Village.
D. for Down.     W. for Wood.
Desc. for Descent.     N. for North.
F. for Furlong.     S. for South.
flu. or Riv. for River.     E. for East.
Fst. for Forest.     W. for West.
Gr. for Green.     N.E. for North-East.
H. for Heath.     S.E. for South-East.
K. for King.     N.W. for North-West.
M. for Mile.     S.W. for South-West.
Mt. for Market.      
The Gentlemen may be pleased to take Notice, That besides Mr. Ogilby's Book of Roads, they have also his Britannia, with the entire Descriptions of the Cities, Principal Towns, Remarkable Places, Ancient Monuments, &c. which were not promised in the Proposals.
Header to route pages, p.1
An illustration, background landscape shewing all sorts of features mapped, in the centre a royal? coat of arms, on left a cherub displaying a map of England and Wales printed as a banner and holding a compass on a pole, on the right a cherub display a scroll road map printed on a banner and holding a waywiser
HAVING Dispos'd all the Principal Roads of ENGLAND and WALES, into a Hundred Whole sheet Copper-Sculps; Divided the same into Direct, from LONDON to the several Cities and Great Towns, and Cross, from Capital Town to Capital Town; and Subdivided the First into Independant and Dependant, and the Second into Principal and Accidental; We begin with the Direct Independants, and according to Alphabetical Order shew in the first place ...
Each plate is now described:-

button map type Ogilby 1675 -- menu of resources
button text 25 -- OG25TXT.txt
button text 26 -- OG26TXT.txt
button text 30 -- OG30TXT.txt
button header text -- OGY2TXT2.txt
button text 32 -- OG32TXT.txt
button text 39 -- OG39TXT.txt
button text 52 -- OG51TXT.txt
button text 53 -- OG53TXT.txt
button header text -- OGY2TXT3.txt
button text 81 -- OG81TXT.txt
button text 83 -- OG83TXT.txt
button header text -- OGY2TXT4.txt
button text 97 -- OG97TXT.txt
button markets -- OGY2MKT.txt
button source item -- HMCMS:FA1998.22 -- descriptive text

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HantsMap Notes -- OGILBY2.txt
MN: 7.1.1998
last edit: 18.5.2001