From 1572 to 2013, London's history in maps

London-lovers will be in for a treat as a new exhibition is set to display maps of the capital dating from 1572 and through the centuries up to the present day.

The “Mapping London” exhibition, brought together by Daniel Crouch Rare Books, includes the first available map of the capital, dating from 1572. The “Earliest Extant Plan of London” (£9,500) depicts St Paul’s with its original spire, later destroyed in 1561, and the new district of “Southwark”, south of the Thames.

Coinciding with the 150th year of the Tube, the exhibition will this year include the 1933 “First state of Beck’s iconic tube map”, (£2,200), which was the design adopted as the main style for the London Underground.

First state of Beck’s iconic tube map

Other maps include “Greenwood’s Map of London” from (£16,000) from 1827. The plan features detailed depictions of the parts of the city, as well as the boundaries of the City of London, Westminster, Southwark and counties and parishes, which extend onto six sheets.

Greenwood’s Majestic Large-Scale Plan of London, 1827

Greenwood’s Majestic Large-Scale Plan of London, 1827

“Mapping London” will be hosted at Masterpiece London, which takes place from 27 June to 3 July, with the prices of the works on show ranging from £100 to £16,000.

 

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