Record number 03/2896
Author Maitland, William, 1693? - 1757
TitleThe History Of London From Its Foundation By The Romans, To The Present Time. Containing A Faithful Relation of the Publick Transactions of the Citizens; Accounts of the several Parishes; Parallels between London and other Great Cities; its Governments, Civil, Ecclesiastical and Military; Commerce, State of Learning, Charitable Foundations, &c. With the several Accounts of Westminster, Middlesex, Southwark, And Other Parts within The Bill of Mortality. In Nine Books. The Whole Illustrated with a Variety of Fine Cuts. With a Compleat Index. By William Maitland, F.R.S.
ImprintLondon:: Printed by Samuel Richardson in Salisbury-Court near Fleetstreet., MDCCXXXIX.
Physical Descriptionviii, [8], 800, [14] p., 24 pl. (4 fold.): illus.; 415 mm. (Folio).
Content Format Note[T.p., dedic.] - The Preface - A List Of The Names of as many of the Subscribers as came to the Author's Hand - [Text, with pl. and statistical tables] - Index - By a great Hurry at the Press, to hasten the Publication of this Work to oblige the Subscribers, the following Errors and Omissions were occasioned.
Summary NoteThis work was issued in parts between May 1737 and 1739. Three plates carry the date 1738. (A second edition in two volumes, with expanded text and many more plates, appeared in 1756.)

The plates show maps or panoramas of London and various churches and public buildings.
Responsibility NoteMost of the plates are unsigned by a draughtsman, but four are signed as drawn by R. West; three name the architect of the building shown (G. Dance, J. Gibbs). Most are signed as engraved by W.H. Toms; one, as engraved by C. Bowen; one, as engraved by G. Vertue. The headpice is signed as designed and drawn by C. Frederick Armiger and engraved by L.P. Boitard. One of the in-text illustrations is signed as made by T. Bowles.

The work is dedicated by the author to the King (George II).
SubjectGreat Britain - London - History - Public buildings
Views - Maps - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
ReproductionsAn electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).
ReferencesB. Adams, London illustrated, 1604-1851: a survey and index of topographical books and their plates (1983), no. 33, p.80-82; R.M. Wiles, Serial publications in England before 1750 (1959).
ESTC T100091
Binding Note18th-century calf, upper and lower covers having an armorial device gilt-stamped; rebacked in 20th century, spine decorated in gilt in 18th-century manner, brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Maitland's History Of London London MDCCXXXIX'.
ProvenanceAcquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.
Contributors West, Robert, fl. 1734-1739, draughtsman
Bowles, Thomas, 1712? - 1762, engraver
Toms, William Henry, ca. 1700 - ca. 1758, engraver
Vertue, George, 1684 - 1756, engraver
Bowen, C., engraver
Armiger, C. Frederick, draughtsman
Boitard, Louis-Philippe, fl. 1733 - 67, engraver
George II, King of Great Britain, 1683 - 1760, dedicatee
Richardson, Samuel, 1689 - 1761, printer
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