Auction 129, Lot 484

"[Lot of 4] Environs of London", British Ordnance Survey

Subject: London, England

Period: 1850 (circa)


Color: Black & White

37 x 25.3 inches
94 x 64.3 cm

This is a great set of maps complete in their original hard box designed to look like a leather-bound book. Each map is untitled save for the original small index sheet pasted on the verso, from which the following titles are derived. The maps completely fill the box so we assume all are present and include:

1) I River Thames east from London
2) VI Kent
3) VII Middlesex, Buckingham Shire
4) VIII Surrey

Each map is segmented on linen into 25 panels. Unfolded size is as given, folded they measure 7.5" x 5". Each is backed with a small paper index map and two small red star-shaped booksellers labels for J. Gardiner of London. Each map has the original purple edge cloth intact. The four maps are held in the original folding sheet of waxy paper and slipped into the slipcase. The slipcase is black leather with stamped gilt title on spine, other gilt design elements and fine gold leaf on the three foredges. There are over 35 square inches of gold leaf. The maps are filled with a remarkable amount of detail. Not dated.


Condition: A

The folding maps themselves are all fine with no flaws to paper, original linen, edge cloth or paper labels on verso. The leather book box has a little scuffing to the spine corners and on the covers are two small areas of loss.

Estimate: $450 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/23/2009