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[An early 18th century plan of London] Plan de la Ville de Londres et de Westminster avec le Bourg de Soutwark leurs Faubourgs et leurs Environs. Paris, 1727. Coloured. 470 x 630mm. Minor repairs to wormholes, otherwise good.
An attractive french map of early 18th century London extending from St James's Park in the west, clockwise to Islington, Mile End and to Lambeth, with a 123 point key. In the bottom corners are illustrations of The Monument and St Mary Le Bow. HOWGEGO: 73.
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[Early 18th century map of London] Londinum celeberrima Metropolis, splendissima Regia et opulentissimum Angliae Emporium, accuratissime delineata per Mathaeum Seutter. Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour with later additions. 505 x 585mm.
A detailed map of Hanoverian London, drawn by Johann Thomas Kraus, extending to Hyde Park Corner in the west, clockwise to Islington, Stepney, Bermondsey and Lambeth, with an extensive key. Top left are the Royal Arms and top left a German text description of the city. Underneath is a prospect of the City showing Wren's rebuilding work after the Great Fire, derived from Kip, also with a key, South of the Thames the Globe Theatre is depicted, despite it having been pulled down c.1645. HOWGEGO: 68.
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[A fine three-sheet map of Georgian London] Urbium Londini et West-Monasterii nec non Suburbii Southwark accurata Ichnographia... 1736. Nuremberg, 1736. Original colour with additions. Three sheets conjoined, total 520 x 1720mm.
A large and very decorative town plan of London, showing from Grosvenor Square and Buckingham House in the west to Stepney Church in the east, Clerkenwell in the north and Southwark in the south. Many of the most important buildings are shown in profile. A large title cartouche with the Royal arms of George II completes this very striking map. This map often appears just as a two-sheet map. The right sheet here, half of which is taken up with a view of St James's Square and elevations of St Paul's, the Royal Exchange and the Custom House, was only included in a deluxe edition. HOWGEGO: 81.
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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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HAYWOOD, William & GASCOYNE, John.
[A survey of the Tower of London in 1597] A True and Exact Draught of the Tower Liberties survey'd in the year 1597 by Gulielmus Haiward and J. Gascoyne. London: Society of Antiquaries, 1742. 415 x 550mm. Blind stamp of the Hull Public Library in margin.
This survey of the Tower and its immediate environs, surveyed in 1597 to settle a dispute over jurisdiction between the Tower authorities and the City of London. As the monarch's property, the Tower of London always had the status of a 'Liberty', independent of both the City of London or the County of Middlesex. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries land outside the moat was added to Henry VIII's property, so that the 'Liberties of the Tower of London' included both Tower Hill and East Smithfield. On the 29th June 1595 trouble broke out on Tower Hill, with a crowd of over a thousand gathered to protest against an unpopular Major of London. When the Major sent the Tower Street Watch to Tower Hill to quell the disturbance, Sir Michael Blount, Lieutenant of the Tower, felt his authority was being undermined and turned out the Tower guards to repell the Major's men, which was done with force. The Tower Hill Riot is considered one of the most dangerous urban uprising of the century and the response was harsh, with Queen Elizabeth putting the City under martial law. The rioters were held to have crossed the line between riot and rebellion and five were hung, drawn and quartered on Tower Hill. This plan was commissioned by the Privy Council to determine the extent of the Tower Liberties, in order to clarify jurisdiction. Judging in the Tower's favour, they also increased the size of the garrison and recommended further fortification to secure the Tower from further unrest.
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[A record of a 1748 fire in London's Cornhill] A Plan of all the Houses, destroyed & damaged by the Great Fire which begun in Exchange Alley Cornhill, on Friday March 25, 1748 London: M. Payne, 1748. 340 x 310mm. Tear skillfully repaired, repairs to folds.
A rare map depicting the damage casued by a serious fire that destroyed a number of buildings between Cornhill and Lombard Street, including all of Change Alley. An engraved description of events tells how the fire started in the 'Powdering Room at Mr Eldridge's Peruke [wig] maker near the Midle of Exchange Alley'. What makes the map remarkable is the record of the businesses working from the buildings cestroyed and damaged. Besides the London Insurance Office there were taverns (the Swan, Fleece, 3 Tuns and George & Vulture), coffee houses (Tom's, Rainbow, Garraway's, Jonathan's and the Jerusalem), publishers (George Strahan's Golden Ball, Thomas Astley & John Brotherton), as well as a watch maker, hosiers, a toy maker and barbers. The map was published only a week after the fire, launching an appeal for aid for the owners of the destroyed businesses. BARBER: Map Book p.204.
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[Map of the environs of London] Delineatio ac Finitima Regio Magnæ Brittaniæ Metropoleos Londini... Augsburg, Tobias Conrad Lotter, c.1760. Original colour. 495 x 575mm.
Map of London and its environs, extending approximately 20 miles out, showing Staines, Hatfield, Gravesend and Sevenoaks. A decorative title cartouche symbolises London's wealth through trade with the East. Interestingly the key is in English.
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[Ward map of Baynards Castle & Faringdon Ward] Baynards Castle ward and Faringdon ward within their divisions into parishes according to a new survey London, 1755. 380 x 480mm. Narrow margin on left, repairs to margins.
The plan is decorated with the arms of the arms of Sir Robert Ladbroke, Alderman of Baynard Castle, and William Bridgen, Alderman of Farringdon, to whom the plan is inscribed. There are llustrated views of St Bennet's Church, St Martin's Church and St Andrew's church at bottom right. St Pauls Cathedral is in the centre of the plan. Engraved for Maitland's Survey of London.
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[Parish plan of Wapping] St. Mary, White Chapel and St. John, Wapping Parish. London, 1755. 360 x 310mm.
Plan of the parishes of St Mary, White Chapel and St John, Wapping with an extesnive key. From the 1755 edition of Stow's Survey of the cities of London and Westminster.
($313 • €290 rates)
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