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DAVIES, Benjamin Rees

Davies's Map Of The British Metropolis Containing the Boundaries of the Boroughs the County Court Districts & the Sewers Districts also the Railroads & Stations, Cemeteries, Landing Piers on the River, the New Roads, Streets & all Modern Improvements from Authentic Documents and Actual Survey

London, 1848
670 x 915 mm., dissected and laid on original canvas, early outline coloured to boroughs, folding into original green cloth book (180 x 125 mm.), ornate blind centrepieces to boards with blind panels, upper board with central gilt title ‘Davies’s Map of London & c.’, upper joint repaired, otherwise in good condition.
The FIRST EDITION of this large scale map of London drawn and engraved by Benjamin Rees Davies (fl.1811-69). Davies was an engraver and publisher whose output was mostly related to London. A rare plan there was only ever two states of the map, the second was issued later in the same year on 20 November 1848. This first issue was published on 1 September 1848. It extends from Stamford Hill to the East India Docks to Peckham Rye and Shepherds Bush. The ornate border includes the title at the top and has the portions of Shepherds Bush and Chiswick overlapping it. The borough boundaries are highlighted in colour along with the usual features of parks, railway lines, major roads etc. It is published at the large scale of about three inches to the mile. An interesting note lower right outside the margin states ‘Entered at Stationers Hall Price 3s. Plain. 5s. Coloured. Mounted in Books, 5s. 6d. Plain 7s. 6d. Cold. Mounted on Roller & Varnished & c. for Office 10s. 6d.’ Darlington & Howgego 410 (1).
Stock number: 8736

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