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A very detailed plan of the city of London and nearby Westminster engraved by Samuel Parker (fl.1715-28). A long list of referencers is found below the map and an ornate title cartouche upper left is decorated by the arms and insignia of the City of London. The map manages to display a lot of detail without appearing busy. Shirley suggests the map is engraved by John Senex (c.1678-d.1740). Senex was geographer to Queen Anne and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He began his career as a book seller later becoming an engraver and publisher. In 1714 he published the large folio “English Atlas” which was followed by the folio “New General Atlas” of 1721 from which this map comes. The proposal for the atlas was advertised in the “London Gazette” for 14–18 October 1718, announcing its publication ‘shall be finished by Easter Term next’. It did not appear until 1721. It is one of the earliest of all English world atlases. There is only one state of the map known. Darlington (1978) 65; Phillips 563; Sanderson 434; Shirley (2004) T.Sen 2a; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

A Plan of the City's of London, Westminster and Borough of Southwark with the new Additional Buildings

London, 1721
365 x 590 mm., in good condition.
Stock number: 7473


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