Map of London 1855 by Colton


A remarkable map thought to be the earliest surviving city plan of the Elizabethan capital in its entirety, believed to have been first printed in 1572. It is a stunning decorative map, offering a glimpse of the then geography of the city of London. Notable features from the piece comprise the Tower of London, the Charterhouse monastery, the Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, a bear baiting arena and even local wildlife. Presenting the city in a way very similar to how Shakespeare would have known it, the plan of the city is embellished with illustration of costumes and coats of arms from the Elizabethan era. The map was originally part of a large collection of maps, an atlas edited by the Swiss cleric George Braun and drafted by the Bavarian cartographer Frans Hogenberg.

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