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Londinum feracissimi Angliae Regni metropolis

Londinum feracissimi Angliae Regni metropolis

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1572

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.12

Item number: 12

Length: 343

Width: 495

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: Scale not given

The title of this map of London appears at the top of the plate, flanked by Tudor and city arms. A note on the history of London features at bottom left and on the Steelyard at bottom right. Illustrated figures of merchants appear at bottom centre. Published in 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the map is similar in detail to the 'Copperplate Map', the earliest printed map of London of which no complete copy survives. Merchant ships, cranes, mills, bull and bear baiting pits, the large tennis courts at Westminster and the stags in St. James's are examples of London business and leisure activities. Walled gardens, elegant churches and livery halls testify to the high quality of life enjoyed by its citizens.

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