910 x 885 mm., dissected and laid on original canvas with two marbled end papers, one with publisher’s printed title affixed, in full early outline colour with wash to parks etc., with original green marbled paper slipcase with its own paper title affixed, in good condition.
This large scale map of what is now greater London is one of 17 states recorded in Darlington & Howgego and Hyde, this is an example of the third state dated 1827. George Frederick Cruchley (1797-1880) had learned his trade with Aaron Arrowsmith and began to work for himself in 1823. His early days concentrated on publishing maps of London but following the death of John Cary in 1834 he acquired much of the stock from the surviving heirs. The map extends to Ware, Stanford le hope, Edenbridge and Windsor. Darlington & Howgego list the first nine states up to 1850 and the ensuing work by Hyde described the following eight. An ornate border frames the map which overlays it in several places. The counties boundaries are all highlighted in outline colour. It is published at the large scale of a little over one mile to an inch. Provenance: Russell Book Fair 1989; private collection of Rodney Shirley. Darlington & Howgego 299 state 3; Hyde Appendix I no. 299 (8 further states listed); Nicholson (2003) ‘G. F. Cruchley and ‘Maps for the Million’, in IMCoS Journal 93 pp. 21-38.