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This is John Cary’s first plan of London first published in 1782 and was available through 1787. This is the third state of six according to Howgego. It is amongst his earliest publications. It extends from Hyde Park in the west to Stepney in the east, Islington in the north to Newington in the south. A detailed table below outlines the ‘Hackney Coach Fares’ throughout the city, indeed the title claims upwards of 350 of them. Below that is a reference to the ‘Rates of Oars up and down the River for the whole Fare or Company’. In August of the same year, 1784, the first mail coach between London and Bristol commences.

John Cary (c.1754-1835) and members of his family were prolific producers of maps, charts, and globes. Cary’s name, as an engraver, appears on plans dated 1779 although he did not formally set up his business in the Strand until 1783. Fordham (1925) pp. 11-12 (not listing this issue); Howgego (1978) 173; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

CARY, John

London, Westminster and Southwark, Accurately delineated from the latest Surveys

J. Cary No. 86 St. James's Street, London, 1782-[84]
415 x 560 mm., early outline and wash colour, dissected and laid on contemporary linen, light toning to the text below, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 11006

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