Small folio (37 x 26 cm) pp. [x] + folding map of Birmingham, 35.5 x 49.5 cm, printed in colours, blank verso, loosely stitched into stiff paper wrappers. Sleigh’s introductory note is headed by a woodcut of the Old Crown, which survives as the oldest secular building in Birmingham. In the text he credits William Westley’s map of 1731, and ‘East and West Prospects’, presumably those by the Buck brothers (SW, 1731; W, 1753), though the map makes a more general reference: ‘imagined and drawn from city sources’. The coats of arms of distinguished local residents appear in the border. Sleigh is known for his ‘ancient mappe of Fairyland’.
Sleigh’s Picture Map of Birmingham
A picture map of the City of Birmingham in the year 1730. Designed by Bernard Sleigh, with an introductory note by Bernard Sleigh and historical notes by Robert K Dent.