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Crace Collection of Maps of London

Over 1200 maps and plans of the capital: a fascinating collection brought together by the Victorian designer, Frederick Crace.

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Peter Barber

Head of Map Collections

This is the essential guide through the history of London: some 1200 printed and hand-drawn maps charting the development of the city and its immediate vicinity from around 1570 to 1860. The maps were collected, mainly during the first half of the nineteenth century, by the fashionable society designer, Frederick Crace.

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Peter Barber highlights personal favourite items from the collection

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A New and Correct MAPP OF MIDDLESEX, ESSEX AND HERTFORDSHIRE With the Roads Rivers Sea-Coast ACTUALLY SURVEYED

Based on an original survey of 1721, this map of Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Essex was first iss...

Labyrinthus Londinensis, or the equestrian preplexed

The author of this small plan of London invites his readers to find their way around the city, fr...

Plan of the Fitz Roy Farm and Highgate estate, being a portion of the freehold ground rents of the Lord Southampton

This plan was produced for the sale of Lord Southampton's estate in 1840. The title and compass ...

A birds eye view of the Zoological Gardens, Regents Park

The title of this plan of London Zoo, appears at lower left along with a compass rose and publish...

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