Town Plans

Plan de la Ville d Oxford

engraved by Pieter van der Aa. from Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne pub. Leiden 1707-27.  5″ x 6 1/4″.

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A detailed plan of Oxford at the start of the 18c on a scale of one inch to nine hundred and sixty ‘pieds anglois’. Showing colleges, halls, churches, gardens and other prominent features. A strong impression.

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Plan of the Town & Borough of Liverpool

by J.Bartholomew. published by A.Fullarton & Co. c.1866. 9″ x 11 1/2″. lithograph with original hand colouring.

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A nice example. Also covers Birkenhead, Tranmere, Seacombe, New Brighton, Bootle and Anfield (or Annfield as it was then).

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Plan of the Town of Reading

engraved by Neele. from Magna Britannia by Daniel Lysons 1806. 10″ x 7 3/4″ to include title.

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Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse.

Drawn and engraved by J.Rapkin. from Tallis’s Illustrated Atlas 1851.  10 3/8″ x 14 1/4″ to include the decorative borders.  superb full hand colouring.

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An exceptional example. With finely coloured vignettes of Plymouth Sound, The Column and Plymouth itself drawn and engraved by H.Bibby.

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Stafford

by John Speed. from his map of Staffordshire c.1627.  4″ x 5″.  later hand colouring. A small tear to the left edge has been repaired.

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One of the few Speed plans to highlight any sort of leisure activity – in this instance angling. Might that be a young Izaak Walton in the bottom right corner?

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University and Town of Cambridge

engraved by John Dower. from The English Counties Delineated by Thomas Moule c.1837.  later hand colouring. 7 3/4″ x 9 7/8″. wash-line mounted.

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A highly detailed, finely engraved plan embellished with the arms of the Town, the University and its colleges and a vignette of Trinity College gatehouse. A small area of engraving outside the top border has been lost in the mounting process.

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Wareham

Anon.  published in The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset by John Hutchins 1774. 12 1/2″ x 9″. later hand colouring.

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Dedication: ‘ To John Calcraft Esqr. this Plan of Wareham is humbly inscribed by The Author ‘. Shows a salmon fishery on the River Frome and a rather lonely dog kennel in the north east corner. Vestiges of old tape residue.

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Yorke Shrowesbury Lancaster Richmont

from Civitates Orbis Terrarum by Braun & Hogenberg 1617. 12 3/8″ x 16 3/4″. early hand colouring. Latin text verso.

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Civitates Orbis Terrarum could be called the first city atlas; published in six parts between 1572 and 1617 it encompassed well over 500 plans and views of towns and cities from Europe(predominantly), North Africa, the Near East and the Americas. The town plans of York, Shrewsbury and Lancaster are all based on those of Speed’s county maps.

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