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The Post Roads of Europe

Title
A General Map of the Post Roads of Europe wherein all the post stages with their distances are particularly expressed.
Author
ROCQUE, John
Publisher
Robert Sayer, Fleet Street, as the Act directs,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
May 26th 1786.
Dimensions
850 by 900mm (33.5 by 35.5 inches).
Price
£2,200
Reference
12283

Description

Large hand coloured engraved map dissected into 24 sections, laid on linen, edged with green silk and folded into original marbled paper covered slip case, paper label, engraved by J. Gibson.

Notes

A fine example of one of the earliest post road maps of Europe.

The map extends north to south from Edinburgh to the Straits of Gibraltar, and west to east from Portugal to Cadiz. In England and Ireland the distance between towns are in miles. On the continent roads are marked every 2 leagues, with the number of Posts: one, one and half, and two. The scale bars provide for measurement in English miles, Italian miles, Irish miles, two types of league, and German miles.

Originally published by John Rocque in 1758, this is a rare later issue published by Sayer with just the Cambridge and British Library copies listed on Copac.

Bibliography

BL Maps C.27.a.28.