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A new and correct plan of the cities of London, Westminster and borough of Southwark wherein all the streets, roads, churches, public buildings &c. to the present year 1791 are exactly delineated

A new and correct plan of the cities of London, Westminster and borough of Southwark wherein all the streets, roads, churches, public buildings &c. to the present year 1791 are exactly delineated

Publisher: Sayer, Robert

Medium: Engraving, coloured

Date: 1791

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 4.167

Item number: 167

Length: 457

Width: 699

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 4" 7/8 : 1 Stat. Mile. ( 1 : 12950)

Map scale description: 4" 7/8 :1 Mile

Map publisher and print seller Robert Sayer traded from Fleet Street in the latter half of the 18th century, first under his own name, and then under the joint imprint of Sayer & Bennett. This map has four text panels in corners, including information relating to the recent Act for regulating Hackney Coaches. The development of turnpike roads in 1750 saw an increase of wheeled traffic, supplanting rivers as the main medium of transport. 

The map also features information about new rates for watermen introduced in 1785. The imprint of the plan states that it has been published as the "Act Directs", a reference to the Copyright Act of 1734, used to curb the high incidence of uncredited copying among mapmakers.

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