A beautiful first edition example of George Frederick Cruchley's 1860 pocket map of London, England. Centered on Blackfriars Bridge, the map covers from Regent's Park to Chelsea Hospital and from Hyde Park to Southwark Park. Streets, bridges, wharfs, docks, parks, the imprints of important buildings, and railway stations are identified throughout. The map gives particular attention to the railroads, highlighted in red, that were being developed throughout London at the time. A purple border outlines the City of London. This map was printed by Gall and Inglis of 25 Paternoster Square for George Frederick Cruchley.
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.
Gall and Inglis' (1810 - 1960) were Edinburgh based publishers. The firm was founded c. 1810 by James Gall. Gall went through a series of partnerships with other publishers including Turnbull, Hay, and finally Robert Inglis. Their publishing work consisted of novels, textbooks, guide, and essays as well as maps. They were also ordinance survey publishers.
Very good. Fold into original binder.