1855 Cruchley Folding Wall Map of London, England
Description: An uncommon 1855 map of London and its immediate environs by G. F. Cruchley. Presented here in case format, Cruchley's map covers the lands 30 miles around London, or from Hertford to Turnbridge and Godalming, and from Windsor to Chatham. Exceptionally vivid color work identifies counties, rail lines, roads, and forests. The detail throughout is extraordinary, with even such insignificant features as the ancient earthen embankments on Wimbledon common illustrated. Similarly market towns and market days are carefully identified throughout. Cruchley based this map on an earlier map issued by J. W. Froggett from 1831 to 1854. Cruchley must have acquired the map plates in that year, as the first Cruchley issue also dates to 1854. Published from Cruchley's offices at 81 Fleet Street, Lonodn.
Victorian map historian Ralph Hyde identifies six states of this map, however, the present edition is not noted in the catalogs of nay of the major private or institutional collections that Hyde canvassed, singling its exceptionally rarity. Nontheless, although not noted by Hyde, the present example, based upon the date, must be considered the second edition, between Hyde 333-1 (1854) and 333-2 (1857).
Date: 1855 (undated)
References: Hyde, Ralph, Printed Maps of Victorian London, 1851 - 1900, 333 (this however is a scarce state not identified by Hyde, but fits between Hyde 333-1 and 333-2).
Cartographer: George Frederick Cruchley (April 23, 1797 - June 16, 1880) was a London based book and map seller active in the middle part of the 19th century. Cruchley began his cartographic career as an apprentice at the venerable Aaroon Arrowsmith firm. Many of Cruchley's earliest maps bear the words "From Arrowsmith's" on the imprint. In 1844 Cruchley acquired the massive stock of the important early 19th century firm of John Cary. Cruchley published his own maps as well as reissues of Cary's stock well into the 1870s. Cruchely is best known for his detailed plans of London, which in recent years have become increasingly scarce and desirable. Cruchley was based in London on 38 Ludgate Street until 1834 when he moved his offices to 81 Fleet Street. Shortly before his death in 1880 Cruchely auctioned (Hodgson's Auctions, Jan 16, 1877) his entire stock. Many of his map plates were thusly acquired by Gall and Inglis who continued the Cruchley tradition well into the early 20th century. Cruchley's son, also George Frederick (1837 - 1882), also continued to work as a book and map seller until his death. Click here for a list of rare maps by G. F. Cruchley.
Size: Printed area measures 50 x 40 inches (127 x 101.6 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 63360
Condition: Very good. Backed on original linen. Folds into binder. Linen exhibits minor splits here and there, mostly near edges.
Code: London-cruchley-1855 (to order by phone call: 646-384-4040)
Tags: Cruchley , City Plan