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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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[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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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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[Plan of London in the reign of George I] A Plan of the City's of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark; with the new Additional Buildings. Anno 1720. London, John Senex, 1720. Coloured. 505 x 590mm.
A Georgian map of London, scale 5½' to a mile, with extensive keys under the map. The city is shown before the explosive growth of later in the century: in the West End Buckingham House (now Palace) is in the middle of fields; Bond Street is lined on the west by fields, and Berkeley House & Burlington House are the last buildings of Piccadilly; and 'Oxford Road' is the northern limit of development. In the north New River Head is in fields, as is Haberdasher's Hospital (the original site of Haberdasher's School). South of the Thames the area between Lambeth and Southwark is still mainly fields, although a little ribbon-development has begun along the roads. HOWGEGO: 65.
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[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.
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[Miniature map of 18th century London] London. Leiden, 1707. 125 x 160mm.
Miniature map of London from the 'Delices de la Grande Bretagne', with a 24-point key under the map. Howgego writes that it was possibly engraved by Johannes de Ram. HOWGEGO: 54.
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