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Cluer Dicey: A New and Accurate Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark with the New Roads and New Buildings

Map: LDN5484
 
Cartographer: Cluer Dicey
Title: A New and Accurate Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark with the New Roads and New Buildings
Date: 1794
Published: London
Width: 42 inches / 107 cm
Height: 22 inches / 56 cm
Map ref: LDN5484
Description:
This spectacular and large map of London was first issued by Cluer Dicey in a slightly different version in 1765. Dicey was a prolific and important publisher in the 18th century with an output including maps, engravings and "chapbooks" or inexpensive, small publications which were often little better than pamphlets ranging from the luridly scandalous to the supposedly seriously scientific. Not satisfied with being publishers, the firm also participated in the distribution of patent medicine (Dafffy's original and famous elixir salutis) purpotedly a health drink being one of their products. The map is based on Rocque's mid-18th century survey but has also been embellished with several vignettes, namely of Monument, St. Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals, St. James Palace and Buckingham House, named The Queen's Palace, due to its status as the private residence of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. A final point of interest is that in his authoritative reference work, "The Printed maps of London c1553-1850" Howgego lists issues of this map by the new publisher, Marshall in 1782, 1789 and 1798. This 1794 edition is unrecorded by him. [LDN5484]