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This is a folding map of London & it''s Environs, drawn and engraved for the Lewis Topgraphical Dictionary and first published on 1st January 1840. It is certain to be a talking point in your home, or wherever you choose to display it.Folding maps were practical items for use on the open road in ancient times. With the development of the roads and canals in Britain people relied on improved surveying techniques that in turn this led to more accurate maps. The size and the rapid expansion of London and other cities meant that good maps were essential to anyone wishing to travel around the city and beyond without getting lost.As the number of travellers grew so did the demand for maps, which had to be large enough to read but small enough to carry around. They had to be robust, a purely paper map would soon disintegrate with constant opening and closing. The solution was to dissect the map and lay it down on linen or calico, which greatly extended the map''s life.The map is very detailed, and shows a plan of London at street name level as it was in 1840. MeasurementsThe map measures 98 cm high and 118 cm wide.ConditionThis map is in excellent condition. Please see photos for confirmation of its condition.
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