650 by 700 mm., engraved map, printed in red on linen, a few minor areas of loss, otherwise in good condition
A very rare map of England Wales printed in red ON LINEN. The map identifies the roads with the distances of the principal towns from London. The roads extend as far as Edinburgh (which is said to be 378 miles from London) and Glasgow in the north, to Dublin in the west. A dotted line from Anglesey to Dublin gives the distance of 74 miles. Another dotted line connects the Scottish port of Portpatrick to the Northern Irish port of Donaghadee. Donaghadee was used in this period by eloping couples going to Portpatrick, to marry, as there was a daily packet boat; the port became known as the ‘Gretna Green for Ireland’. Numerous ships, compass roses, and rhumb lines adorn the sea. John Barwick (1684-1739) is recorded as a London cloth merchant; he was master of The Clothworker’s Company in 1726. It would appear that the company was continued by his sons, well into the late eighteenth century. There appears to be only one institutional copy known: the National Library of Wales (NLW antiquarian map 01015 146/4/11).