Copper engraving, 30 x 47 cm, black and white, slight age-toning, blank verso; birds eye plan of Elizabethan London published as the frontispiece to Maitland’s History of London.
Beneath the map a 47 point key details ‘The Remarkable Places in this Antient View of London that are not distinguished by Words in the Body thereof’, and below the key is a note explaining that the map has been copied form a larger original in the collection of Sir Hans Sloane. This was presumably the woodcut copied for the Society of Antiquaries by George Vertue a year or so earlier, and attributed by him – on slender evidence – to Ralph Agas. However, there are subtle differences between Vertue’s ‘Agas’ map and this one, which has led to suggestions that Sloane actally possessed two maps: a large early 17th century woodcut copied by Vertue, and a complete example of the lost ‘copperplate map of London’ (or early derivative) which was copied for Maitland (Howgego p. 12). Howgego, Printed Maps of London, 8b.