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Cruchley's New Plan on London Improved
G. F. Cruchley, London, 1840. Pocket map. Engraving with hand-coloring. Dissected and mounted on linen. Measures 35 3/4 x 50". Comes with original brown buckram slipcase with label. This large scale early pocket map of London shows the city as laid out around the Thames River, which snakes along the lower half of the map. The city and its surrounding boroughs extend out from the river's shores, with fine engraving of streets and buildings offering detailed insight into the city's development during the mid-18th century. This particular edition includes the East and West India Docks and the Isle of Dogs. Exceptionally detailed, it notes individual streets, parks, important buildings, bridges, and transportation lines. New London Bridge is labeled. Unlike other editions of this map published by Cruchley, this map is undated, but some geographical features help us date this map to circa 1840. Map is in very good condition with some stains at places. Dissected and mounted on linen. G. F. Cruchley was a map and book seller in London from 1797-1880. He started his career with the Arrowsmith firm and later published his own maps. He also reissued maps by John Cary. Cruchley is famous for his London plans, making this scarce map an increasingly desirable example.
Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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