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£1750 Britannia Depicta 1720 Thomas Bowles 1720 Ref: wftm9011EB
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Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv'd...London Printed for & Sold by Th: Bowles Print and Map Seller, next ye Chapter House in St Pauls Church Yard & Em: Bowen next ye King of Spain in S: Katherines. 1720.
Early variant of the first issue from the first editon with most plates in their earliest known state including an unrecorded earlier state of plate 94 with the Arms of Newton depicting an ancient ship of the sea with a lion (the first recorded state depicts a ram with a sprig of laurel). Only plate 141 is known in an earlier state with the arms of Robert Earl of Gloucester with a fleur de lis.

Later blind tooled full calf. Complete. All plates clean and undamaged, fine dark impressions with good margins. An exceptional example of an early first edition with the rare unrecorded plate 94.

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