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English Height 23” (68cm) Width 39” (79cm)
Stock No. 9648
Edward Mogg was an English cartographer and engraver who flourished in the first half of the 19th century, notably engraving all his own maps in extraordinarily fine detail and to an exceptional level of fine workmanship. Publishing his maps from 51 Charring Cross, he made note of all the streets, significant buildings, docks and various parks as well as projected city renewal plans. He has also depicted the area of London consumed by fire in the Great Fire of 1666 with a red outline. His business of producing guides, maps, railway maps and other publications flourished as he created a wealth of material for tourists and travellers in London. He wrote of this map, that covers the area of London from Kensington Gardens, Kilburn, Hackney and East India Docks to Camberwell and Chelsea,
‘… like the clue of Ariadne, (it) will conduct him through the labyrinth and, occasionally consulted, will enable him, unattended, to thread with ease the mazes of this vast metropolis.’
(Ref: J.Howgego, Printed Maps of London circa 1553 - 1850, 237-1)
The first edition of this map was produced in 1806, this edition bearing the date January 1st, 1825. It is also inscribed in ink with the name Thos. Hinton and the date 1826. Dissected and laid on linen as originally issued,it is now in an ebonised frame with gilt slip and comes with its original vellum slipcase bearing the label ‘Map of London’. Copies of this rare and fascinating map can be found in both the British Library and the Royal Collection. Such was the repute of Edward Mogg that
various of his publications also appear in works of fiction, such as ‘Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour’ byRobert Smith Surtees and ‘The Naggletons’ byShirley Brooks.
A Mr. Thomas Hinton arrived in London in 1826 as a pianoforte maker/journeyman, having moved from Market Drayton, Shropshire. Perhaps this map enabled the newcomer to find his way around his new home city.