STOW, John (1524/25-1605). A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, edited by John Strype (1643-1737). London: A. Churchill, J. Knapton [and others], 1720.
2 volumes, 2° (393 x 240mm). Titles in red and black. 70 engraved plates, maps and plans, 2 folding and 30 double-page. Book V with woodcut coats-of-arms. (Map of the Tower Liberty repaired on verso, a few plates misbound, last leaf of vol. I with paper fault and old repair on blank verso, G1 of bk. VI with small marginal repair, Y3 of appendix with tear into text.) Contemporary panelled calf, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands, morocco title and volume labels (rebacked in the 19th-century, bands rubbed, joints slightly splitting, sides scuffed, one vol. label lacking).
Fifth and grandest edition. John Strype was already collecting materials for the text by 1703, and an ambitious reprint 'with very great Additions throughout, and illustrated with about 100 large Copper Cutts .. requiring much Time and Great expence' was advertised as early as 1708. The advertisement was on the title verso of Hatton's New View of London, a smaller and cheaper book whose popularity actually caused the postponement of Strype's more monumental work. His two folio volumes cost six guineas and the print run was probably at least 500 copies. He included what he believed to be Stow's entire original text, which had become conflated with the 1618 and 1633 editions of Anthony Munday, clearly identifying his own additions in the margins. John Kip, who had been responsible for the views of London buildings in volume I of Mortier's Nouveau théâtre de la Grande Bertagne (1707), is credited with about half the 28 engraved views of 'eminent places'. In addition there are two folding general maps of London, one showing the city as it was in Queen Elizabeth's time, 17 ward maps (bks. II-III) and 20 parish maps (bks. IV and VI). The only map to be signed is the Parish of St. Mary Rotherhithe revised by John Pullen and engraved by John Harris. Adams London Illustrated 25; Lowndes III, 2526; Upcott II 616; Darlington and Howgego 16, 8 (London maps). (2)