Thomas Porter’s exceptionally rare plan of London
By PORTER, T[homas], 1655
The Newest and Exactest Mapp of the most Famous Citties London and Westminster with their Suburbs; and the manner of their Streets: With the Names of the Chiefest of them Written at Length and Numbers set in the rest in sted of Names The which Names are at Length in the Table with Numbers how to Guide them Readily So that it is a ready Helpe or Guide to direct Countrey-men and strangers to finde the nearest way frome one place to another. by T. Porter.
- Author: PORTER, T[homas]
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed & sould by Robt. Walton at the Rose & Crowne at the West end of St. Paules
- Publication date: c1655
- Physical description: Engraved plan printed on two sheets joined, trimmed to neatline.
- Dimensions: 290 by 760mm (11.5 by 30 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1503
Only two other examples of the map are known: the one in the British Library’s Crace Collection (Crace 34), differs from the present copy by the naming of ‘Bowe Street’ in Westminster. Upon the present plan the street is named ‘Theeving Lane’, which was the street’s earlier name; therefore the present copy predates the Crace copy. The other example, housed at the Society of Antiquaries, is an even later state, and bears the royal coat-of-arms. It was later reproduced in facsimile by the London Topographical Society in 1898.
Scale: approx. 6 inches to 1 statute mile.
- Howgego 11 (1).
- Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.