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BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans.
[The first available printed map of London] Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis. Koln: c.1574. Coloured. 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. 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 second state of the plate, issued two years after the first, 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. They purchased the building in 1475; part of the 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).
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[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.
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[London after The Great Fire] Grundtriss der Statt London wie solche vor und nach dem Brand... Frankfurt, Merian Heirs, c.1670. Coloured. 310 x 420mm.
An interesting plan of London depicting the area destroyed by the Great Fire of London of 1666, with an inset illustrating the 'New Model', a grid-pattern plan by Robert Hooke for the rebuilding of the affected area. From the 'Theatri Europaie '. HOWGEGO No. 25.
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[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.
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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, 1705. 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.
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[An early plan of St James's Park] Le Palais et Park de St James. St James Palace and Park. London, 1707. Coloured. 350 x 485mm.
A plan of St James's Park as laid out by André Mollet, gardener-in-chief of the park for Charles II after the Restoration in 1660. It shows the park before the canal was widened to make to look more natural and the east end was filled to build Horse Guards Parade. In the west Buckingham House has yet to be built (1703). This plate was engraved by John Kip after the transcription of Leonard Knyff (1650-1722), a Dutch landscape painter. The view was published in ''Britannia Illustrata: Or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces, as Also of the Principal seats of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain, Curiously Engraven on 80 Copper Plates'', published the year that Queen Anne signed the Act of Union that created Great Britain.
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BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans.
[Plan of Elizabethan London] A Plan of London Westm.r and Southwark w.th ye Riv.r Thames, as they were Surveyd and publish't by Authority toward ye latter end of ye Raign of Queen Elizabeth; or about ye year of our Lord 1600. which being compared w.th ye new map of London ~ The prodigious increase of Building and other alteration of ye names and situation of Street &c in the last Centry will plainly appear. London, Hatton, 1708. Coloured. 330 x 475mm. Top cenetrfold tears repaired. Backed with archivist's paper.
The fourth and final state of the earliest printed map of London to survive, the only English edition. Originally published in 1572 for the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans, the title had been 'Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis', in a title cartouche top centre. When Jansson re-issued the plate in 1657 he had a new title 'Londinium Vulgo London' engraved in a new cartouche over the four figures in Elizabethan dress bottom centre. The old cartouche has been erased but no new information has been added in its place, so the roads just end in empty fields. The title estimates the date of the survey to be c.1600, but the likely date would be half-a-century earlier: in the centre of London is the old St. Paul's Cathedral, showing its spire, which was was hit by lighting and destroyed in 1561, and was not replaced before the Great Fire of London destroyed the building in 1666.
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HOMANN, Johann Baptist.
[Map of the environs of London with inset views of Royal Palaces] Accurater Grundriss u: Gegend der Koenigl:Gross Gros-Britannischen Haupt und Residenz-Stadt London.. Nuremberg, c.1710. Original colour with additions. 495 x 590mm. Some restorations, a good dark impression.
Detailed map of London and its environs, extending to Windsor, High Barnet, Rainham and Norwood, decorated with inset views of Windsor Castle, the royal palaces at Hampton Court and Kensington, and the King's Hospitals at Chelsea and Greenwich. HOWGEGO: 58.
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[Early Italian Plan of London] Londra. Padua, Lasor à Varea, 1713, set in a page of text, coloured, 85 x 120mm.
Valegio's townplan 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
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[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.
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