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London before the fire in 1666

London before the fire in 1666

Cartographer: Blome, Richard

Medium: Engraving

Date: after 1673

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 1.46

Item number: 46

Length: 178

Width: 292

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Map

Map scale description: 3'' : 2 miles

Engraver: Hollar, Wenceslaus

This is a later edition of a 1666 map surveyed by Blome and engraved by Hollar. The title appears in French in a panel below the plan, with the key to streets and public buildings appearing in tables at top right, top left and bottom right. A compass star and scale bar are drawn at bottom right. Down both sides of the map are the coats of arms of the 12 Great City Companies (trade guilds), many of which have existed from the middle ages to the present day. Richard Blome was a heraldic writer and cartographer. His maps were often derivative, based on existing sources rather than original surveys.

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