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 London Maps 

COLE, Benjamin. [The plan for London's first bypass]
A plan of the intended New Road from Padington to Islington. London: Gentleman's Magazine, 1756. 165 x 480mm.
The plan to build the Euston Road & Pentonville Road, showing from Edgeware Road east to Islington High Street, with a key to show whose land the proposed route would cut through. It was the scheme of the Duke of Grafton, who wanted a better route to drive his cattle to Smithfield Market. Oxford Steet is also marked, as are Berkeley, Grosvenor, Cavendish, Hanover, Red Lion and Lincoln's Inn Squares. Buildings include Middlesex Hospital, Foundlings Hospital, Montague House (later the British Museum), St Giles's Church, Fenning's Folly (a building named for built on marshy ground), 'Farthing Pye House' (a pub known for its pies, frequented by William Blake) and White Conduit House (future home to the White Conduit Club, later reorganised as the Marylebone Cricket Club).
[Ref: 16899]    £180.00 ($225 • €207 rates)

COLE, Benjamin. [One of the earliest maps of Islington]
A new and accurate survey of the parishes of St Andrews Holbourn without the freedom... London, 1756. 380 x 245mm.
Engraved for Maitland's Survey of London. Plan of the parishes of St Andrew's, Holborn, St George's, Queen Square, St James's Clerkenwell, St Luke's, Old Street, St Mary's Islington and the Charterhouse Liberty. Upper Street, Islington, is clearly shown, as is New River Pond.
[Ref: 16876]    £290.00 ($363 • €334 rates)

Anonymous. [A broadsheet antique map of roads between Greenwich & Woolwich]
A Plan of several Roads between Lord Cardigan's Corner on Black Heath, and Woolwich Warren. c.1760. 270 x 560mm. Some faint toning.
An odd sketch antique map, orientated with north to the top, comparing the different routes from Lord Cardigan's Corner, on the edge of Greenwich Park, through Charleton to Woolwich Warren, the old name for the Royal Arsenal. The roads, crossing Blackheath and Woolwich Common, are now Shooters Hill Road (A2 and A207) from the A205 to Greenwich Park, the A205 from Shooters Hill Road down to Woolwich, and the B210 through Charlton. 'Lord Cardigan's Corner' was Park Corner House, an addition to Montague House, the Earl of Cardigan's estate on on the edge of Greenwich Park. It would seems this map was drawn for his benefit. It appears the map is unfinished: a little vignette ship sits in the middle of blank space, roughly where the Thames would be.
[Ref: 12334]    £550.00 ($688 • €633 rates)

ROCQUE, John. [A reduced version of Rocque's landmark map of London]
To Martin Folkes Esq.r President of the Royal Sociery: This Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark, with the Contigious Buildings; is humbly Inscribed by his most humble Servants John Pine and John TInney. London: John Ryall, John Bowles & Son & Thomas Bowles, 1763. 515 x 940mm. Minor repairs to edges.
A reduction of Rocque's monumental 24-sheet map of London, here on one sheet, albeit an unusually large sheet of paper for the period. With the plan engraved by Isaac Basire and the letters by R.W. Seale, it was apparently published as an advertisement for the full-size map: the text under the map transcribes the endorsement of Folkes and Davall, two members of the Royal Society, for the accuracy of Rocque's trigonometrical survey. First published in 1749, this example comes from the third state; only the publication line has been changed. Usually a map of this size would have been printed on two sheets and then joined. Producing a map of this size needed not only a large sheet of paper, but also a large copper printing plate and press. HOWGEGO: 100. (3).
[Ref: 14977]    £4,000.00 ($5,000 • €4,600 rates)

BOWEN, Thomas. [Twenty miles around London]
A New and Correct Map of the Countries Twenty Miles Round London. London, 1770. Coloured.. 340 x 380mm
Detailed map showing the region around London. From Henry Chamberlain's 'A New and Compleat History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster'.
[Ref: 17071]    £175.00 ($219 • €201 rates)

JEFFERYS, Thomas. [A pair of maps of London's first by-passes]
A New Plan of the City of London and Borough of Southwark Exhibiting all the New Streets, Roads, &c. Not Extent in any other Plan. [&] A New Plan of the City and Liberty of Westminster, Exhibiting all the New Streets & Roads, with the Residences of the the Principal Nobility, Public Offices, &c. Not extant in any other Plan. London, c.1772. Original colour. Two sheets, each 460 x 535mm. Very fine condition.
Two maps on the same scale but overlapping by c.130mm, detailing the improvements to the infastructure of London. According to the key 'New Roads are Colourd with a light brown'; these include 'The New Road from Paddington to Islington' and City Road in the north, and Blackfriars Road and Borough Road, connecting the new Blackfriars Bridge and Westminster Bridge south of the Thames. These schemes were the among the first London bypasses. The maps were first issued in with Jefferys' name dated 1762, but only the Westminster sheet of that edition has been found. HOWGEGO: 122, fourth state.
[Ref: 13762]    £1,200.00 ($1,500 • €1,380 rates)

FOSTER, George. [Scarce antique map of London]
A New and exact Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster & the Borough of Southwark to this present year [...] Exhibiting in a neater and more distinct manner not only all the New Buildings to this Year but also a considerable Number of Streets, Lanes & Alleys, Churches, Inns of Court, Halls, Hospitals &c. more than any Map hitherto published. Whereunto are added the Rates of Hackney Coachmen and Watermen with several other useful embelishments. London: Robert Sayer, 1778. Original outline colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 565 x 1020mm.
A large and detailed plan of London, decorated with recently-added inset prospect of London and views of St James's Palace, the Queen's Palace, Westminster Abbey & St Paul's. Tables give a key for the wards, and rates for hackney coaches and watermen. Bottom right are the arms of 12 city companies. HOWGEGO: 82, this state not listed.
[Ref: 8329]    £3,850.00 ($4,813 • €4,428 rates)

SAYER, Robert. [Folding plan of London in 1783]
The London Directory or a New & Improved Plan of London, Westminster & Southwark; with the adjacent Country, the New Buildings, the New Roads, and the late alterations by Opening of New Streets & Widening of others 1783. London: Sayer & Bennett, 1783. Coloured. Dissected and laid on linen, total 415 x 530mm. Linen reinforced on verso.
Plan of London extending from Hyde Park Corner clockwise to Tyburn, Islington, Mile End, Rotherhithe, Newington Butts and Chelsea Water Works.
[Ref: 15389]    £750.00 ($938 • €863 rates)

AGAS, Ralph. [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.
[Ref: 16032]    £2,500.00 ($3,125 • €2,875 rates)

HORWOOD, Richard. [Knightsbridge from an important large-scale survey of London]
[Knightsbridge.] London: 1794. 565 x 525mm.
A plan of Knightsbridge from what Howgego describes as the 'largest and most important London map of the eighteenth century', on a scale of 26 inches to a mile. It shows Hyde Park and the Serpentine, with Knightsbridge, the Brompton Road and Sloane Street. Horwood's intention was to mark each house's number (a practice started in 1735), but this was abandoned as impractical. He started his scheme in 1790, expecting to be finished by 1792: by 1794 he was apologising to his subscribers (including George III); in 1798 he received a loan of £500 from the Phœnix Fire-Office, for whom Horwood worked as a surveyor, to finish the map. However this assistance was not enough to stop Horwood dying in poverty in 1803. HOWGEGO: 200, and pp.21-22.
[Ref: 14121]    £600.00 ($750 • €690 rates)

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