Born in Ludlow, Shropshire. A surveyor, engraver, bookseller and publisher of maps, atlases and globes. He was apprenticed to the London bookseller Robert Clavell in 1695 before setting up his own business. In partnership with Charles Price and John Maxwell wh was Geographer to Queen Anne.
One of his most popular atlases was An actual survey of all the principal roads of England and Wales published in 1719 with further reissues
This was another pocket atlas for the 18th century traveller using the surveys of the roads of England and Wales by John Ogilby and published in his Britannia in 1675. There was stiff competition to provide the traveller with such a useful atlas. In the very same year of 1719 Thomas Gardner published A Pocket Guide to the English Traveller. A year later in 1720 Britannia Depicta was published with road maps by John Owen and Emanuel Bowen but with an added feature - county maps. I can just imagine being in a bookshop of the day and trying to decide which one to buy.
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