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  LONDON 
 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 ($14,179 • €12,463 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [The ealiest available printed map of London]
Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis. Koln: c.1575. Original colour restored. 330 x 490mm. A fine example.
The earliest town plan of London to survive, a 'map-view' with the major buildings shown in profile, and no consideration for perspective. It was published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans, inspired by the success of the 'Theatrum', the atlas compiled by Abraham Ortelius. This example is from the fourth state of the plate, with the spelling 'West Muster' and the addition of the Royal Exchange. The plan was engraved by Frans Hogenberg, copied from a 15-or-20-sheet printed map, probably commissioned by the merchants of the Hanseatic League, who had significant commercial interests in England. For over two centuries they had enjoyed tax and customs concessions in the trade of wool and finished cloth, allowing them to control that trade in Colchester and other cloth-making centres. Their base in the City was the Steelyard (derived from 'Stalhof'), named 'Stiliyards' by the side of the Thames on this map and described in the text panel lower right. 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 Hanseatic League sold the building in 1853 and it is now the site of Cannon Street Station. The map must have been drawn fifteen years or so before publication: in the centre is the Norman St. Paul's Cathedral, with the spire that was hit by lighting and destroyed in 1561 and not replaced before the Great Fire of London destroyed the building in 1666. HOWGEGO: 2 (2).
[Ref: 18477]    £7,500.00 ($9,668 • €8,498 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 ($1,418 • €1,246 rates)


FER, Nicolas de. [London at the beginning of the 18th century]
Plan des Villes de Londres et de Westminster et de leurs Faubourgs avec le Bourg de Southwark. Paris, 1700. Coloured. 225 x 340mm.
A plan of London and Westminster, with a 113-point key engraved by Inselin for the 'Atlas Curieux'. HOWGEGO: 44. State 2.
[Ref: 15417]    £425.00 ($548 • €482 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 ($645 • €567 rates)


HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Plan of London in the reign of Queen Anne]
Accurater Prospect und Grundris der Königl: Gros-Britañisch: Haupt und Residenz Stadt London... Nuremberg, c.1705. Original colour. 485 x 560mm. Trimmed to printed borders at sides, remargined.
Town plan of London with a prospect of the City from Southwark running underneath, with extensive keys for both. In the top corners are inset elevations of the Palace of Whitehall and Edward Jarman's Royal Exchange, built after the Great Fire and itself burned down in 1838. The elevations of St Paul's Cathedral are still an artist's impression. HOWGEGO: 51b.
[Ref: 18957]    £2,650.00 ($3,416 • €3,002 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 ($309 • €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 ($2,836 • €2,493 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 ($2,449 • €2,153 rates)


NORDEN, John. [A plan of Elizabethan Westminster]
Wesminster. London: D. Browne and J. Woodman, 1723. Coloured, 165 x 255mm.
An 18th century copy of the earliest English map of Westminster, originally published in Norden's 'Speculum Britanniae' in 1593, here engraved by John Senex for a new edition (omitting the first 't' in the title!). It shows the development between the City of London and Westminster, starting at Temple Stairs and continuing west to the beginning of Millbank. Away from the Thames are The Strand, 'Covent Garden', Charing Cross and the Mews (now Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery), Whitehall and St James's Park. It depicts the lost medieval palace of Westminster and the Eleanor cross at Charing Cross. John Norden (c.1547-1625) was attempting a series of county maps each with a history (anticipating John Speed's county atlas by nearly two decades. However only Middlesex (with plans of London and Westminster) and Hertfordshire were published before he gave up and moved on to other projects.
[Ref: 18988]    £450.00 ($580 • €510 rates)


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