Willdey’s rare map of the environs of London
By WILLDEY, George, 1720
A New & Correct Map of Thirty Miles Round London Shewing all the Towns, Villages, Roads &c with the Seats of the Nobility & Gentry & whatever else is remarkable: Done from the Best Surveys Together with an Alphabetical Table for the ready find of all the Places contain’d in the Map.
- Author: WILLDEY, George
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Sold by G. Willdey at ye Corner House in Ludgate Street next St. Pauls
- Publication date: c.1720
- Physical description: Engraved circular map, on two sheets joined, hand-coloured in outline, table of place names to left and right of map, mounted on new linen, some minor loss to old folds, trimmed to upper and lower neatlines.
- Dimensions: 670 by 1020mm. (26.5 by 40.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1856
George Willdey (fl.1707–1737) had broad commercial interests; his shop was stocked with all manner of goods and commodities, many of which are listed and illustrated on this map, including snuff, clocks, globes, wallets, lanterns, a camera obscura, and many scientific instruments. However, the cartographic side of his business seems not to have been very successful, and few examples of his maps survive.
- Howgego 69 (1).
- Howgego, J. (1978). Printed maps of London, circa 1553–1850. Folkestone: Dawson.