London environs city urban plan Orographical 1883 Lett's SDUK scarce detail mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Orographical Map of the Environs of London.
(United Kingdom / City Plan/ topography/ land elevations).
Issued 1883, London by Letts, Son & Co.
Attractive and remarkably detailed 19th century color lithographed map.
Below the bottom neat line is a color coded key as well as the overprinted publisher advertisement stating examples of the map could be purchased separately, mounted on board and varnished or backed.
A late re-issue of the SDUK plates from the 1830's & 40's, here transferred from steel to a lithographic process of printing, with amendments made to the maps during the process. Hence, Lett's firm did not merely re-issue the SDUK maps, but created entirely new maps using completely different printing technologies with unique and pleasing visual results. For instance, most SDUK maps were issued either in B&W; or with narrow outline hand color, here the block coloring altering the visual end result.
Well preserved, nice looking example with pleasing age patina, minor age speckling across top edge, mostly still fresh and almost as issued in appearance.
Sheet Measures c. 14"H x 17"W.
Engraved Area Measures c. 12 1/2"H x 15 1/2"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol.3, pp. 125-6.