Map of Norwich


William Cuningham’s Cosmographical Glasse is a study in geography, astronomy and chorography, written as a dialogue between a student and his teacher. The treatise is particularly celebrated for its woodcut map of Norwich, which is understood to be the earliest surviving printed map of any English town. Civic buildings, churches, defences, open spaces and streets are rendered in perspective and in remarkable detail. Above the city, Mercury can be seen holding a caduceus to signify prosperity in trade and commerce, and to the left and right are the Arms of England and the Arms of the City of Norwich.

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The Cosmographical Glasse, conteinyng the pleasant Principles of Cosmographie, Geographie, Hydrographie, or Nauigation. [With woodcuts, including a map of Norwich.]
1559, London
Map / Woodcut
William Cuningham
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Public Domain
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British Library

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