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HORWOOD, Richard.
The City and Whitechapel.]
London: 1799. Two sheets conjoined, total 570 x 1010mm. Some original outline colour. Top corners repaired with some fill. The City and Whitechapel from a map Howgego describes as the 'largest and most important London map of the eighteenth century', on a scale of 26 inches to a mile. Among the landmarks are the Bank of England & the Royal Exchange, Guildhall, Moorfields and Tower Hill. Horwood's intention was to mark each house's number (a practice started in 1735), but this was abandoned as impractical. He started his scheme in 1790, expecting to be finished by 1792: by 1794 he was apologising to his subscribers (including George III); in 1798 he received a loan of £500 from the Phœnix Fire-Office, for whom Horwood worked as a surveyor, to finish the map. However this assistance was not enough to stop Horwood dying in poverty in 1803. HOWGEGO: 200, and pp.21-22.
Bookseller: Altea Antique Maps [London, United Kingdom]
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