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The Cittie of London

The Cittie of London

Cartographer: Ryther, Augustus

Medium: Engraving

Date: c. 1645

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.32

Item number: 32

Length: 368

Width: 464

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: none

This map has been attributed to Augustus Ryther, an engraver who prospered between 1572 and 1592, contributing to Saxton's Atlas of 1579.

This plan was produced to satisfy a European market, and contains certain inaccuracies which a native Londoner would not have tolerated. The streets appear very much wider than they were in actuality. Houses are depicted as having large gardens, when these had, in fact, begun to disappear from London two centuries before.

Due to the scarcity of maps of London this rather misleading map was printed several times. This is the second edition. The map-seller's imprint has been removed and a large compass rose has been inserted. The Globe playhouse has been omitted on this edition, because of the theatre's destruction in 1644. Hoge Lane, Bedlam and Finsbury Fields have also been added. The map is shows the water conduit near Fleet Bridge, an important link in the water supply line from St Pancras.

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