Octavo (210 x 140 mm.), contemporary full calf with ornate blind panelled boards, with raised bands, a little worn at head and foot of spine and extremities. pp. (6), 273. With 273 engraved plates of road strips and county maps printed back to back, the last leaf supplied from another example. With minor spotting and light toning as is often the case, good margins throughout, otherwise in good condition.
FIRST EDITION SECOND ISSUE of Emanuel Bowen’s ‘Britannia Depicta’. Bowen was one of the most prominent figures in English cartography during the middle of the eighteenth century. In 1720 he co-published with John Owen the ‘Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv’d’. It was an instant success running to numerous editions over the next 50 years. Hodson in his detailed study of the atlas concluded that there were six different editions bearing the title page dated 1720. The first can however be broken into three further variants, only two of which Hodson identified. This is an example of the second (first recorded) issue with the variant coat of arms on p. 94 altered to reflect those of Newton in Hampshire, not Newton in Lancashire. The first two both lack the numbers to the Rapes on the map of Sussex itself, they are shown in the key only. Provenance: with bookplate of Alexander Hamilton, the arms and motto relate to either Marlborough House, Hampshire or Trebinshun House in Brecknock (Burke). Bennett (1996) pp. 40-1; Harley, J B (1970) Introduction to “Britannia Depicta”; Hodson 149; Kingsley 23.1; Shirley BL T.Bow 1a issue not cited.