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Merian - London

Merian - London

Code: JR2050

Date: 1650
Condition: AA
Colour: Uncoloured
Size: 71 x 26.5 cms.
Title: 'London'.
A beautifully engraved panorama of London during the reign of James I which was based on an earlier Visscher engraving published in 1616
Merian's panorama shows London fifty years before the Great Fire of London in 1666 and details London from the King's Palace at Whitehall to the Tower of London and St Katherine's Church in the East and is orientated from the south toward the hills of Hampstead and Harrow in the distance.
St Pauls is depicted without it’s steeple. Lightning struck St Paul’s in 1561 and destroyed the steeple which had been rebuilt after a similar strike in 1444.
London Bridge is a vibrant collection of buildings and the heads of criminals and traitors adorn stakes on the bridge's southern gate.
Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the Swan Theatre and the bull-baiting ring can be seen in Southwark. Intriguingly a fourth unrecorded theatre is also shown.
The panorama also shows a distinctive and incorrect north turn in the Thames immediately below the Tower of London. 
The royal arms and the arms of the City appear in opposing corners at the top of the page.
Rarely available in this excellent condition this engraving of London, published before the Great Fire, is a must have map for London map collectors.
In an excellent condition. Two watermarked hand laid paper sheets expertly joined. Clear strong impression on creamy white paper. Single fox mark bottom margin left sheet and bottom right corner of right sheet expertly repaired.