This is a very attractive example of G. F. Cruchley's highly desirable 1848 Map of London, England. Covers London from Hyde Park in the west to the London Docks in the east. Extends north to include all of Regents Park and south as far as the South Western Terimini and Vauxhill Gardens. Offers full and color and detail to the street level with individual buildings noted. Map surrounded on left, right and bottom by a street by street index of the city. Title area to center. Backed on linen and bounded into its original linen folder. Cruchley issued various editions of this map from 1827. This issue, 1848, is not in the Hogwego catalogue and is one of the rarest.
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. He 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), continued to work as a book and map seller until his death.
Very good condition. Original fold lines exhibit some wear. Very minor loss in section G and over the 'L' in London in title. Uneven lower border is a scan error and not evident in actual map. Folds into original linen binder.
Not in Howgego.