Pigot and Co's New Plan of London, Taken from the best Authorities with the Geographical bearings from the Dome of St. Paul's And formed into Divisions by means of circular lines each division being referred to in their list of Streets and Public Buildings in the Metropolis, The whole forming the most complete guide to London and ITS VICINITY YET PUBLISHED.
1823 (undated) 21 x 30 in (53.34 x 76.2 cm)
1 : 15840
An attractive first edition example of James Pigot's 1823 map of London, England. Centered on the Thames River, Pigot's map covers from Islington to the East India Dock and from Camberwell to Kensington Gardens. The City of London is highlighted in red and the various parks in green. All streets, bridges, and important buildings are meticulously identified. Circular distance markers appear each 3/4th mile from Charing Cross.
Publication HistoryPigot's map was, as advertised, the best map of London available at the time. The first edition, as here, was issued both separately and tipped into some examples of The British Atlas. It was subsequently revised and reissued in four further editions, 1824, 1831, 1835 and 1840. The present example is, as stated, the first edition as identified by the address on the imprint, '24 Basing Land, London and 16 Fountain Street, Manchester.'
This map is scarce on the market. The OCLC identifies only three institutional holdings of the first edition: The British Library, the National Library of Australia, and the University of Minnesota.
James Pigot (fl. 1795 - 1843) was a London based map engraver and map publisher active in the late 19th and early 19th century. Stylistically Pigot's work resembles that of Cary, Thomson, and Pinkerton, though he was far less prolific. The first reference to Pigot is in a 1794 business directory of Manchester, England , where he is listed as an engraver. In 1804 he published a map for Dean's Manchester Directory. Dean must have inspired him for around 1811 he established his own directory, Pigot's Directory, which competed with the Dean Directory until about 1813 when the rivals seem to have merged. Pigot eventually moved to London where he established himself on Basing Lane. There in 1823 he published his first London Directory. Around 1830 his son joined him in the business and it was renamed Pigot & Sons - though the later seems to have little serious interest in the business. In 1939 Pigot partnered with his apprentice, Isaac Slater (1803 - 1883), renaming the firm Pigot & Slater and relocating to more prestigious offices at 59 Fleet Street, London ( though they maintained their offices at 18 Fountain Street, Manchester). Pigot died in 1843 though Slater and his son J. W. Slater continued to operate under the Pigot & Slater name until the firm was acquired by Kelly & Co. in 1892.
Good. Original folds. Large closed and professionally repaired tear extending from bottom margin to center of map - now nearly undetectable. Minor edge reinforcement here and there.
Howgego, James L., Printed Maps of London circa 1553-1850, 298 (1). OCLC 1062140312.