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[A reduction of the Agas plan of Oxford] Skelton's Reduced Engraving of the Original Plan of Oxford taken by Ralph Agas in the Year 1578. Published as the Act directs Jany. 1st 1823 by J. Skelton Magdalen Bridge Oxford. Skelton: Oxford, 1823. Coloured. 340 x 490mm.
An early nineteenth century reduction of the Elizabethan plan of Oxford by Ralph Agas. This bird's-eye view, plan of Oxford is highly decorative, with several amorials of Oxford University colleges and aristocratic families. Three elaborate cartouches and a figure of Mercury decorate the map.The buildings of the university, as well as churches, houses, gardens and streets are laid out within the walls of the city. The plan is oriented with south to the top and the High Street runs from the left to the right. Many of the buildings and major areas are labeled and there are extensive comments by way of explanation. Ralph Agas was an English land surveyor. He is best known for his large maps of Oxford and Cambridge, which are now only extant in a couple of examples preserved in institutions. Skelton's work on the antiquities of Oxford was issued in parts between 1816 and 1823
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[A large and impressive map of Elizabethan London] Civitas Londinum A.no D.ni MDLX. Londinium Antiqua. This Plan shews the ancient extent of the famous cities of London and Westminster as it was near the begining of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth... London, George Vertue, 1737. Coloured. Eight sheets printed from pewter plates, conjoined, total 690 x 1900mm.
A map of Elizabethan London, derived from one of three known examples of an anonymous woodcut map of London c.1570, all now in institutions. The style is much the same as Braun & Hogenberg, with the buildings shown in profile, and many of the details are shared. It is likely that that both were based on a common source, but the Agas extends further north and shows St Paul's Cathedral without the spire. London Bridge has buildings on it, and The Globe and the Bull-Baiting Ring can be seen on the south bank of the river. The Royal Arms top left are those of James I, 1603-1625, but it is believed that these are a later addition to the woodblock Vertue copied. Vertue, an antiquarian and publisher, saw an example in the possession of Sir Hans Sloane, and produced this engraving in 1737. It was Vertue who first attributed it to Agas, a land surveyor. Agas published a map of Oxford that mentioned a companion map of London: this was enough evidence for Vertue to assign the map to Agas, an attribution that still survives. HOWGEGO: 8, and the introduction pp.7 - 8.
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[Map of Elizabethan London] A View of London about the Year 1560. London, c.1738. Coloured. 310 x 475mm.
A reduced version of one of the first plans of London, incorrectly attributed to Agas. The style is much the same as Braun & Hogenberg, with the buildings shown in profile. St Paul's Cathedral is in the centre of the map, London Bridge has buildings on it, and The Globe and the Bull-Baiting Ring can be seen on the south bank of the river. Published as the frontispiece to Maitland's 'History of London'. HOWGEGO 8 (b).
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[A decorative plan of London in 1563] London and Westminster in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Anno Dom. 1563. London, J. Wallis, 1789. Contemporary colour. Dissected and laid on linen, total 410 x 1040mm, with marbled slipcase. A very fine example.
A reduced version of one of the earliest plans of London ever produced, incorrectly attributed to Agas. The style is much the same as Braun & Hogenberg, with the buildings shown in profile. St Paul's Cathedral is in the centre of the map, without the spire that had been destroyed by lightning in 1561; London Bridge has buildings on it; and The Globe and the Bull-Baiting Ring can be seen on the south bank of the river.
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