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A map or groundplot of the citty of London and the suburbes thereof that is to say all which is within the iurisdiction of the Lord Mayor

A map or groundplot of the citty of London and the suburbes thereof that is to say all which is within the iurisdiction of the Lord Mayor

Cartographer: Hollar, Wenceslaus

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1666

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 2.54

Item number: 54

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: 6 1/2 '' : 1 English mile

Engraved map of London with title in square tablet at top right and reference table with key to churches and other landmarks at bottom right. The map clearly shows the extent of the damage to the city caused by the great fire of 1666: the barren city wards in contrast with bird’s eye views of surviving buildings just outside the city. Also by Hollar is the inset map at bottom left entitled A General Map of the Whole Citty of London, Westminster and all the Suburbs. Smaller in scale but more extensive in coverage, the inset map shows at a glance the extent of the damage caused by the fire. This small map was probably the basis for the many variations on the theme of the “London Verbrandt” which were published in Amsterdam by Venckel and De Wit in the aftermath of the fire. The fire destroyed nearly the whole city – 13.000 buildings circa – and though the casualties were few – 8 people only died directly because of the fire – thousands were made homeless.

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