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[BOWEN, Emanuel, fl.1714-1767] : A PLAN OF THE CITY AND LIBERTIES OF LONDON AFTER THE DREADFUL CONFLAGRATION IN THE YEAR 1666. THE BLANK PART WHEREOF REPRESENTS THE RUINS AND EXTENT OF THE FIRE; & THE PERSPECTIVE THAT LEFT STANDING.
[London : for T. Osborne & J. Shipton; and J. Hodges, 1756]. A handsome antique map of the City of London and its surrounds, designed to show the vast extent of the Great Fire of 1666. The excised detail leaves a good clear outline of the streets of the seventeenth-century city and the principal sites and buildings are given in keyed indices. The map was based by Bowen on an earlier map by Wenceslaus Hollar. Originally produced for William Maitland’s “The History of London, from its Foundation” (1739), and here in a later edition, with Bowen’s name burnished out.
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BOWLES, Carington, 1724-1793 : BOWLES’S REDUCED NEW POCKET PLAN OF THE CITIES OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER, WITH THE BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, EXHIBITING THE NEW BUILDINGS TO THE YEAR 1791.
London : Carington Bowles, 1791. An attractive late eighteenth-century map of central London, engraved on a generous scale of four inches to the mile, extending out to Islington in the north, Stepney in the east, Newington Butts in the south and Hyde Park Corner to the west. Originally engraved by Joseph Ellis (fl.1758-1802) and published in 1773, the map was regularly revised through to the end of the century. Below the map is an extensive 'Table of References to the Churches and Principal Buildings, Shewing their Situation in the above Plan', together with a 'Geometrical Explanation' of how to read from grid squares.
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COLLINS, H.G. (Henry George), fl.1832-1858 : THE PEDESTRIAN’S COMPANION. FIFTEEN MILES ROUND LONDON.
London : Henry George Collins, [ca.1850]. An interesting version of this map of the London area, presented on a slightly larger scale than two miles to the inch, and extending northwards to Shenley, west to Upminster, south to Epsom and westwards to Hillingdon and Uxbridge. The map would appear to be a slightly enlarged lithographic transfer of the map of the same title drawn by W. Ebden, engraved by Sidney Hall and published by Mary Jane Godwin in 1822 (Howgego 289), rather than the other map of this title referenced as Howgego 360a and Hyde D&H 366. Collins is known to have taken out patents for various new ways of printing plates, including electro-block printing, and the present map presumably represents one of his earliest experiments in this field.
DARTON, William, 1781-1854 : A NEW AND CORRECT PLAN OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER, WITH THE LATEST IMPROVEMENTS.
London : William Darton, 1828. An attractive plan of early nineteenth-century London giving good detail on a scale of 3-3/4 inches to the mile – the coverage extending north to the Angel, east beyond Stepney Green, south to Walworth and the Oval, and west to Chelsea. Originally published by the elder William Darton (1755-1819) in 1807, but here expanded in scope, revised and corrected to January 1828 by the younger Darton. A keyed index below the map gives references for 200 of the principal streets.
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DELAMOTTE, William Alfred, 1806-1872 : FORD’S ILLUSTRATED MEMORIAL OF THE GRAND INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION OF ALL NATIONS, HYDE PARK, LONDON 1851.
London : William Simpson Ford, . Handsome and scarce, a stylised and simplified plan of Central London, from Hyde Park across to the City of London, with sixty or so of the principal buildings shown pictorially in roundels and vignettes. The plan is framed within a foliate pictorial border – the Great Exhibition at the top, the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange and the Mansion House at the foot, portraits of Victoria and Albert, and images of the national costumes of the countries of the world. Issued as a souvenir of the Great Exhibition, the plan was designed by the artist William Alfred Delamotte, then acting as librarian at St. Bartholmew’s Hospital (which is pictured), also responsible for making sketches of medical conditions for the hospital museum. Lithographed in black on a sepia ground by the otherwise unrecorded J. Meyer, evidently from some of the spellings not a native English speaker.
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[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : A NEW AND COMPLETE PLAN OF LONDON WESTMINSTER AND SOUTHWARK WITH THE ADDITIONAL BUILDINGS TO THE YEAR 1777.
[London : John Cooke], 1777. A neatly worked map of the whole of the built-up area of London in the eighteenth-century – on a scale of about 3-1/2 inches to the mile. The area shown extends from Hyde Park in the west to Mile End and Shadwell in the east, and from the borders of Islington down to Lambeth. Originally produced for John Cooke’s part-work publication Walter Harrison : “A New and Universal History, Description and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster” (London : 1775-1777).
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FADEN, William, 1749-1836 : THE COUNTRY TWENTY-FIVE MILES ROUND LONDON, PLANNED FROM A SCALE OF ONE MILE TO AN INCH.
London : W. Faden, 1815. The “third edition” of this large and handsome map of the Greater London area – extending on a one-inch scale northwards to take in Tring and Hertford, east to Chelmsford and Basildon, south to Tonbridge, Dorking and Guildford, and west beyond Beaconsfield and Windsor. Faden was a maker of serious maps for serious purposes – "the turnpike roads are all laid down from an actual measurement with a perambulator" – and this map, originally published in 1788, was the best of its period. It was regularly updated – the present issue revised to include the newly erected Regent’s Park and Strand (Waterloo) Bridge – and remained in print until at least 1880.
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FOLDEX LTD. – publishers : FOLDEX MAP OF LONDON.
London : Foldex, [ca. 1955]. A stylishly designed map of Central London on a scale of four inches to the mile. The key is given in six languages, and unusual features are the indicators of noteworthy taverns, all night coffee stalls, all night chemists, night clubs and cabarets, bandstands, shopping centres, etc. Inset panels list places of note, hotels and give a map of the underground system. The verso of the map offers a street index, with a space for notes.
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HUGHES, William, 1817-1876 : THE ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
[London : 1848]. A neatly designed and engraved map of the Greater London area by William Hughes F.R.G.S. Extends west to Harrow, north to Edgware, east to Barking and south to Wimbledon.
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JONES, George – publisher : LONDON.
London : G. Jones, 1815. An attractive antique map – London from Chelsea and Paddington across to Stratford, and from Hackney down to Kennington – presented on a scale of just under two inches to the mile. Originally produced for the serially published “Encyclopaedia Londinensis” (London : 1810-1829).
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MOGG, Edward, 1769-1851 : AN ENTIRE NEW PLAN OF THE CITIES OF LONDON & WESTMINSTER; WITH THE BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK: COMPREHENDING THE NEW BUILDINGS AND OTHER ALTERATIONS, TO THE YEAR 1807.
London : Edward Mogg, 1807. Fifth edition. A handsome plan of early nineteenth-century London on a generous scale of over six inches to the mile. Extending north to Pentonville, eastwards to Stepney Green, south to Lambeth Palace, and westwards to Knightsbridge and Paddington, the map first appeared in or about 1803 and was revised annually through to the late 1820s. Both engraved and published by Edward Mogg, the planned new streets and bridges are also included.
[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : MIDDLESEX.
[London : George Virtue, 1848]. One of the most attractive and popular of all antique maps of the county, originally engraved by William Schmollinger (fl.1830-1837) for the part-work “English Counties Delineated” (London : 1830-1837) prepared by the antiquary Thomas Moule. Decorated with a foliate border, coats of arms, allegorical figures and inset views of Westminster Bridge and Buckingham Palace. Originally engraved in 1831, the present version, showing some development of the railway system, is dated to 1848.
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NEELE, Samuel John, 1758-1824 : LONDON AFTER THE FIRE ANNO DOMINI 1666.
London : John Stockdale, 1796. A neatly engraved plan of the City of London showing the area impacted by the Great Fire – from Fleet Street across to Tower Dock, north to Cripplegate and south to London Bridge. An extensive keyed index identifies the major buildings, churches, etc. Originally produced for Henry Hunter’s part-work "The History of London and its Environs” published serially between 1796 and 1811.
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NORDEN, John, 1547?-1625 : MIDDLESEX OLIM A TRINOBANTIBUS HABITATA.
[London : 1637]. A fine early map of the metropolitan county – London and its northern and western environs, the coverage extending up to Enfield Chase and westwards beyond the Middlesex border to Eton and Windsor, with also a number of place-names to the south and east (Kingston, Richmond, Putney, Wandsworth, Clapham, Deptford, Greenwich, Stepney, Hackney, Leyton, Walthamstow, etc). Originally produced for the 1607 edition of William Camden’s "Britannia", the present example is dated to 1637. Decorated with a strapwork title-piece topped with birds and snails, a compass rose, etc.
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ORDNANCE SURVEY : [COVER TITLE] S. W. ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
Southampton : Ordnance Survey Office 1878-1889. A composite map of the southern and western environs of London made up of various ordnance survey one-inch sheets. Centred more or less on Weybridge and extending north to Slough and Ealing, east to Greenwich and Oxted, southwards to include Godalming and west to take in Farnham, Sandhurst and Waltham St. Lawrence, and including Windsor, Richmond, Chiswick, Putney, Fulham, Clapham, Camberwell, Croydon, Caterham, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Guildford, Aldershot, etc.
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PHILIP & SON, George – publishers : [COVER TITLE] HOW TO SEE LONDON : MAPS AND GAZETTEER.
London : George Philip & Son, . An attractive post-war edition of this London guide which first appeared in 1937. Includes suggested itineraries; a double-page map of the exit roads in two colours; four similar sectional maps of the approaches by road; a double-page map of the environs; a coloured indexed map of the theatres, etc.; three coloured double-page maps of central London at a scale of four inches to the mile; a coloured map of the inner London railways, etc.; a gazetteer; notes on places of interest, and an index to the street plans, with notes on places of worship and the underground railways on lower wrapper.
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[RUSSELL, John, 1750?-1829] : MAP OF THE COUNTRY SURROUNDING LONDON, TO THE EXTENT OF THIRTY MILES.
London : J. Robins, 1818. An attractive antique map – London and its environs two hundred years ago. At a scale of half an inch to the mile, the map extends northwards to include Welwyn, east to Basildon and Rochester, south beyond Reigate and Guildford, and west to Beaconsfield. Drawn and engraved by John Russell and originally produced in 1808 for the part-work by “Dr David Hughson” (David Pugh) known as “London; being an Accurate History and Description of the British Metropolis” (London : 1805-1809) – but here in an updated and corrected later impression.
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SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & CO. – publishers : THE "DISTRICT RAILWAY" MAP OF LONDON.
London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., . Sixth edition. A handsome map of late Victorian London on a scale of roughly three and three-quarter inches to the mile, extending north to Haverstock Hill, east to Stepney, south to Clapham Common, and west to Ealing Broadway. The primary emphasis is on the London railway system, with the emerging underground system overlaid in bright red on a detailed street-plan, the overground and electric railways in blue, together with all the proposed extensions, the connecting omnibus routes, etc. The area from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon covered by the District Line is separately shown in an inset. The map was first published some twenty years earlier and continued to be regularly updated on into the twentieth century.
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SMITH, Charles, 1768?-1854 : SMITH’S NEW PLAN OF LONDON, WESTMINSTER & SOUTHWARK; COMPREHENDING ALL THE NEW BUILDINGS, AND 350 REFERENCES TO THE PRINCIPAL STREETS WITH THE NEW DOCKS AT WAPPING & BLACKWALL.
London : for C. Smith, 1816. An attractive pocket-map of London from Charles Smith of the Strand at a scale of four inches to the mile, extending northwards to Pentonville, east beyond the Isle of Dogs to the East India Dock, south to Newington Butts, and west to Knightsbridge and Paddington. First published in 1801, the map was revised more or less annually through to the 1840s – the present edition including the proposed new Vauxhall and Strand Bridges and their approach roads. A keyed index to the 350 or so principal streets, giving their location square, is engraved below the map.
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SMITH, W.H. (William Henry) & SON – publishers : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
London : W. H. Smith & Son, [ca.1880]. A nicely detailed Victorian map of the whole of the Greater London area on a scale of one-inch to the mile – extending east-west from Chadwell Heath to Windsor, and north-south from Potters Bar to Ashstead. Advertised as “very suitable for pedestrians”, the map pays particular attention to railway stations and footpaths. Undated, but evidently completed shortly after the extension of the Metropolitan Line to Harrow.
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SULMAN, Thomas, 1832-1900 : THE THAMES, FROM THE TOWER TO WESTMINSTER.
[London : W. H. Allen, 1891]. A handsome and unusual bird’s-eye view of the central London portion of the Thames – from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament, with the eight bridges between. Designed by the architectural draughtsman Thomas Sulman, engraved by George William Ruffle (1838-1901), and originally produced for Herbert Fry’s “London: Illustrated by Twenty Bird’s Eye Views of the Principal Streets” (1891).
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WOODTHORPE, Vincent, 1764?-1822 : PLAN OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER, IN THE TIME OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.
[London : T. Hughes, 1805]. An attractive antique map of Elizabethan Westminster, nestling on the curve of the Thames, based on the 1593 map of John Norden. Originally produced for B. Lambert, “The History and Survey of London and its Environs from the Earliest Period” (London : 1805-1806).
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WOODTHORPE, Vincent, 1764?-1822 : PLAN OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER IN THE TIME OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.
London : J. Coxhead, 1813. A neatly worked map, copied from the John Norden plan of 1593 and showing Westminster as it stood at the close of the sixteenth century. Engraved by Vincent Woodthorpe (1764?-1822) and originally produced for B. Lambert : “The History and Survey of London and its Environs from the Earliest Period” (London : 1805-1806) – and here in a slightly later impression.
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WYLD, James, 1790-1836 : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
London : James Wyld, 1891. An attractive circular map of the environs of London on a scale of half an inch to a mile, extending north beyond Hertford and Ware, east to Tilbury, south to Dorking and Edenbridge, and westwards to Windsor and Eton. Coloured circles indicate places respectively within four miles and twelve miles of Charing Cross, Originally published in 1832 and revised and updated by Wyld’s son and grandson until the present version, which is the last known.
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