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Auction 135, Lot 445

"A View of London about the Year 1560",

Subject: London, England

Period: 1738 (dated)

Publication: Maitland's History of London

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 10 inches
46.5 x 25.4 cm

Highly detailed bird's-eye view of London shows the city circa 1560 with many important places named in the view. The plan was reduced from the Civitas Londinum attributed to Ralph Agas. Locates the London Bridge, the Tower, St. Katherines, Smyth Field, as well as naming most streets including Fleet, the Strand and Cheapside. The alphanumeric key along the bottom locates another 95 important buildings and places of interest. The title is carried in a ribbon-style cartouche in the sky with coats of arms to either side. The imprint at bottom is dated 1738 and it was published as the frontispiece to Vol. I of The History of London by William Maitland, circa 1754.

References: Howgego #8 (b).

Condition: A

Issued folding, now flattened. Nice impression on hand laid paper with wide margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/16/2011