Auction 103, Lot 322

"London Restored. Or Sir John Evelyn's Plan for Rebuilding that Antient Metropolis after the Fire in 1666", Evelyn, John

Subject: London, England

Period: 1756 (published)

Publication: Maitland's History and Survey of London

Color: Black & White

13.3 x 8 inches
33.8 x 20.3 cm

These copperplate engravings were published in William Maitland's History and Survey of London, 1756. They are very detailed maps of the streets, lanes, alleys and courts in the ancient City of London. They are richly embellished with architectural profiles of major churches or important buildings, the arms of the mayor and aldermen, elaborate title cartouches and compass roses.

John Evelyn's plan for London is full of squares, circles, ovals, and diagonal streets. Images of two churches are at upper left and right. A numbered legend identifies 38 places, and symbols indicate the locations of parish churches, halls of the livery companies, and public fountains. Engraved by Benjamin Cole.

References: Reps, Tidewater Towns, p. 127.

Condition: B

Light scattered foxing.

Estimate: $50 - $70


Closed on 6/11/2003