London, South Kensington
8 May 2003
GREENWOOD, Christopher (1786-1855) & John (fl. 1821-40). Map of London, from an Actual Survey made in the Years 1824, 1825 and 1826, [London:] Published by the Proprietors, Greenwood, Pringle & Co., August 21 1827. Large hand-coloured folding engraved map on 50 sections mounted on linen, engraved dedication to George IV, views of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral in bottom corners. (Some light staining.) Contemporary calf slipcase, red morocco lettering-pieces.
Glanville Maps of London p. 166; Howgego 309 (1). "Greenwood's magnificent map of London, superbly engraved by Josiah and James Neele, was the first to be published on a large scale (7 inches to the mile) for many years, and the first to a standard of accuracy comparable with modern large-scale maps of the capital. The colour was still a wash applied by hand and was used to emphasise the chain lines marking the boundaries of parishes and liberties, as well as the boundaries of the City and Westminster. Greenwood abandoned contour lines within the built-up area, so that he marked Primrose Hill, still then in a semi-rural district, but ignored the steep rise from the Fleet valley to St. Paul's" (Glanville).
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