The title page reads:-
An Actual / SURVEY / Of all the PRINCIPAL ROADS of / ENGLAND
and WALES; / Described by One Hundred MAPS from Copper
Plates. / On which are delineated / All the CITIES, TOWNS,
VILLAGES, CHURCHES, HOUSES, and Places of Note / throughout
each Road. / As ALSO / Directions to the Curious Traveller
what is worth observing throughout his Journey. / The whole
described in the most easy and intelligible Manner. / First
perform'd and publish'd by JOHN OGILBY, Esq; And now
improved very / much corrected, and made portable by JOHN
SENEX. / VOL. I. / Containing all the / Direct Roads from
LONDON through ENGLAND and WALES. / in 54 PLATES. /
LONDON: Printed for and sold by J. SENEX at the Globe in
Salisbury-Court, Fleetstreet, 1719.
There is an introductory passage:-
THIS Volume is divided into two Parts, each being disposed
in an Alphabetical Order.
In the first Part are contain'd all the direct Independent
Roads from London, comprised in XIV Itineraries, and XXXI
In the second Part are contain'd all the direct Roads call'd
Dependents, being such as at several Distances from London,
branch out of the former Independents, of which there are
XVII Itineraries, comprised in XXIII Plates.
Each Road is supposed to be drawn on a long Role, Fillet,
or Scrole, making several bendings backwards and forwards,
on the forward returns of which the Road to be described is
The beginning of each Road or Plate is at the bottom on the
Left Hand, from thence you proceed upwards, the Road being
bounded either by two Parallel black Lines, which shews the
Road there is to be enclosed or hedged in on each Side; or
else by two Parallel pricked or dotted Lines, which denotes
the Road there to be over an open Common: Or lastly by a
pricked Line on one Side, and a black Line on the other,
which intimates the Road there to be open on the pricked
Line side, and hedged or bounded on the black Line side.
When you are come to the Top of the first Bend of the
Scrole, you are then to begin again at the Bottom of the
next return of it, and so go upwards as before; and the like
of all the rest.
If the Road does not terminate in the first Map, it is
continued through the second, third, &c. as the Figures
denote in the Miles will easily direct.
The black Dotts or Points placed in the Road, terminate the
measured Miles, the Figures adjoined signify the Number from
that Place, whence the Mensuration began.
Beside the Numbers of measured Miles, you have at every
noted City or Town the Number of computed Miles inserted
near it; as from London to Oxford measures 55 Miles, when
its computed Distance is but 47 com. (com. every where
standing for computed.)
The little openings on either hand the Road shew the going
out of other Roads, from the Road there described, the Name
against it telling you to what Place it goes.
The Cross upon each Part of the Road shews the four Cardinal
Points of the Compass, that part of it marked whith (sic)
a Flower de Lis every where pointing to the North, by which
means the bearing of the Road is known, and by consequence
when the Sun appears, the Hour of the Day tolerably well
The Name of the Countrey you travel in is every where
engraved along the Side of the Scrole.
Brooks, Rivers, Hills and Woods, are described by the common
Characters used for them in Maps.