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 London Maps 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [The elusive FIRST STATE of the earliest available printed map of London]
Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis. Köln: 1572, FIRST EDITION, Latin text. Original colour, slightly refreshed. 330 x 490mm.
The earliest town plan of London to survive, a 'map-view' with the major buildings shown in profile, and no consideration for perspective. This example is from the first state of the plate, before the addition of the Royal Exchange, with 'West Mester' rather than 'West Muster' for Westminster and without 'Cum Privilegio' lower right. This state is particularly rare, as it only appeared in the first edition of the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', 1572: before the issue of the first German and French-text editions (1574 & 1575) the plate had already been altered. The plan was engraved by Frans Hogenberg, probably reduced from a 15-or-20-sheet wall map commissioned by the merchants of the Hanseatic League, of which there is no known example. The League had significant commercial interests in England, benefiting from tax and customs concessions on wool and finished cloth, allowing them to control that trade in Colchester and other cloth-making centres. It is believed they commissioned the wall map in the 1550s to curry favour with Queen Mary I in an attempt to retain these concessions. Certainly the survey must predate 1561 because the Norman St Paul's Cathedral still has the spire destroyed by lightning that year and never replaced. Mary's death in 1588 made the large and expensive map superfluous, as her successor Elizabeth revoked the League's privileges. However the engraver Franz Hogenberg was allowed to copy the plan for his atlas of town plans, ensuring this view of Tudor London survived for posterity. The League's base in the City was the Steelyard (here 'Stiliyards', by the side of the Thames), which is described in the Latin text panel lower right. They purchased the building in 1475. Part of the trade deal was their obligation to maintain Bishopsgate, the gate through the city walls that led to their interests in East Anglia. The rump cities of the League sold the building in 1853 and it is now the site of Cannon Street Station. HOWGEGO: 2 (1).
[Ref: 17605]    £11,000.00 ($14,553 • €12,456 rates)

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Early woodblock plan of London]
Londinum Feracis: Ang. Met. Basle, 1628, German edition. Coloured. Woodcut map, printed area 245 x 360mm.
An early map of London derived from the Braun & Hogenberg map, surveyed c.1560, so one of the earliest depictions of the city. HOWGEGO: 6, first issued 1598.
[Ref: 17693]    £1,100.00 ($1,455 • €1,246 rates)

MORTIER, Pieter. [Antique map of London and surroundings]
Les Environs de Londres, Ou se trouve toutte les Villes, Villages, Maisons, Chemins, Rivieres, a Vinct Milles autour de Londres. Amsterdam, c.1700. Coloured. 490 x 560mm. A few repairs.
Antique map of the environs of London, extending to Staines in the west, clockwise to St Albans & Hatfield, Brentwood & Tilbury, and Leatherhead and Chertsey. HOWGEGO: 51.
[Ref: 12568]    £500.00 ($662 • €566 rates)

VALEGIO, Francesco. [Early Italian plan of London]
Londra. Padua, Lasor à Varea, 1713, set in a page of text. Coloured, 85 x 120mm.
Valegio's town plan of London, a reduced version of the Braun & Hogenberg. From the re-issue of Valegio's townbook by Lasor à Varea, called 'Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum Calamo Delineatus'. HOWGEGO No. 5a.
[Ref: 10383]    £240.00 ($318 • €272 rates)

OVERTON, Henry. [Early Georgian map of the environs of London]
A New & Correct Map of Thirty Miles Round London Shewing all the Towns, Villages Roads &c with the Seats of the Nobility and Gentry and whatever else is remarkable. Done from the best Surveys Together with an Alphabetical Table for ye ready finding of all Places contain'd in the Map. London, c.1720. Original colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 640 x 960mm. Minor repairs to folds and edges.
Scarce circular map of the environs of London, reaching to Great Marlow in the West, clockwise to Baldock, 'Chlemsford', Canvey Island, Maidstone, Horsham and Godalming. The corners contain tables of distances and the charges for use of bridges & locks on the Thames. Down the sides are extensive keys of placenames. HOWGEGO: 67, state i of ii.
[Ref: 13522]    £2,200.00 ($2,911 • €2,491 rates)

LEAKE, John. [London after the Fire]
An Exact Surveigh of the Streets, Lanes, and Churches, Comprehend within the Ruins of the City of London... Reduced into one Intire Plat by John Leake. London, George Vertue, 1723. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined, total 535 x 1260mm.
Copied from Leake's map of 1667 (etched by Hollar), the map shows the extent of the Great Fire, and marks the buildings lost to the flames, with pre-fire elevations of some of the buildings. HOWGEGO: 21, derivative 1.
[Ref: 8602]    £1,900.00 ($2,514 • €2,152 rates)

HOGG, Alexander. [A plan of the defences of London during the Civil War]
A Plan of the City and Suburbs of London as fortified by Order of Parliament in the Years 1642 & 1643. London, 1738. 205 x 315mm.
At the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642 London was staunchly Parliamentarian, even giving sanctuary to the five M.P.s whose attempted arrest by Charles I sparked the conflict. As the Royalist army approached London defences were thrown up arround the whole urban area of London and Westminster, including Lambeth and Southwark south of the river. Despite winning the Battle of Brentford in November, these defences were never tested. The engraver (and probably publisher) of this map was George Vertue, a leading member of the Society of Antiquaries. He specialised in copying rare early manuscripts, prints and maps for posterity, for example the so-called 'Agas' map of Tudor London and this map, one of the very few printed maps of Civil War London.
[Ref: 18110]    £320.00 ($423 • €362 rates)

HOMANN HEIRS. [The environs of London, with a prospect of the city]
Regionis Quae Est Circa Londinum, Specialis Representatio... Nuremberg, c.1741. Original colour with additions. 510 x 580mm. Old ink numeral in top left corner.
A superb example of the Homann Heirs map of London's environs, with a prospect of London and Westminster underneath. Extending north to south from Luton to Tadworth and east to west from Rayleigh to Maidenhead, many of the isolated villages and towns shown are now incorporated into the urban sprawl of London and live on only in name. HOWGEGO: 88.
[Ref: 16043]    £750.00 ($992 • €849 rates)

TIRION, Isaak. [A Dutch copy of Rocque's map of the environs of London]
Kaart van Londen enz en van het Naby Gelegen Land ruim ein Urr gaans rondsom dezelve Stad; getrokken uit de groote gemeeten Kaart van der H.r John Rocque. Amsterdam, 1754. Original Colour. 290 x 425mm.
A much reduced verion of Rocque's 16-sheet map of the environs of London, although only extending west to Hammersmith rather than Hampton Court. HOWGEGO: 102.
[Ref: 18276]    £320.00 ($423 • €362 rates)

COLE, Benjamin. [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.
[Ref: 17009]    £280.00 ($370 • €317 rates)

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