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London and Westminster 1738

London, Westminster and Southwark by Emanuel Bowen, with an index of street names, and tables showing coach fares and watermen’s rates.

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‘A new and exact Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark to this present year, 1738.’

Engraved by Emanuel Bowen and published by George Foster, this large map includes images of notable buildings, and tables of coach and watermen’s rates. This was the London that Samuel Johnson would have known. His great satirical poem London was published – anonymously – in the same year, and portrayed the city as a dreadful place of crime, corruption and poverty. Essentially an imitation of Juvenal’s Third Satire, the poem was generally well received, although Johnson himself was not impressed with his own work, and revised it a decade later. Foster’s map relied heavily on William Morgan’s enormous work of 1682, which was based on highly detailed and expensive surveys. Whether due to lack of funds or effort, Foster failed to verify many of the details from Morgan’s map, with the result that his map was out of date even before it was published in 1738. Even the publication of Jean Rocque’s magnum opus in 1746, a lavishly-funded and meticulously surveyed map, did not deter Foster’s widow Elizabeth from reissuing it in 1752 totally unchanged (our version), or indeed four further versions (with slight amendments) between 1754 and 1775.

Original Size: 54 x 145 cms

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