Elizabethan London depicted
By VERTUE, George, [after] Ralph AGAS, 1737
Civitas Londinum Ano Dni Circiter MDLX. Londinum Antiqua. This Plan shews the ancient extent of the famous Cities of London and Westminster as it was near the begining of the Reign of Queen Elisabeth these Plates for their great scarcity are re-ingraved to Oblidge the Curious…
- Author: VERTUE, George, [after] Ralph AGAS
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: George Vertue
- Publication date: 1737.
- Physical description: Engraved plan on eight sheets.
- Dimensions: 2040 by 760mm (80.25 by 30 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15319
Although produced in the eighteenth century, this work was based on an extremely rare, sixteenth century plan, known now, according to Howgego, in just three examples. In fact, the original, attributed to Ralph Agas by Vertue on this plan, is referred to as being of “great Scarcity” in the title of this map. There is some doubt as to whether Agas was the maker of the original plan, as Vertue is the sole source for that attribution. Howgego states that the eight sheets that make up this plan were engraved in pewter, a metal very rarely used in the production of maps. George Vertue, who identified himself as an antiquarian on this work, first exhibited this plan at the Society of Antiquaries in London on March 21, 1737.
Scale: 28 inches to 1 statute mile.
- Howgego 8, pp. 10–12.
- Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.