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Cassell’s Immense Map of London

SKU: 9442

Cassell’s Immense Map of London

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
144 x 194 cm


  • Cassell Petter & Galpin
  • Colour:


  • Edward Weller
  • Engraver(s):
    John Dower

    When we said it was immense, we meant it

    Our example of this huge and detailed map of London has been coloured by postcode, and highlights topographical features such as railways and parks. It is relatively unusual to find this map complete, and with original hand colour, as here.

    Cassell's 'immense map' of London was prepared for the Weekly Dispatch and published in nine parts between January 1861 and April 1862. It reappeared in varying forms thereafter: the plates were later used for Bacon's Library Map of London and Suburbs and as a base-map for other G.W. Bacon publications well into the 1870s. This edition, still issued by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, was revised and corrected by John Dower; it boasted upward of 2000 'improvements' including 900 new street names, spread across the full extent of the map. Holborn Viaduct (built 1863-69) is still shown as ‘constructing’; Charing Cross station and the London, Chatham and Dover Railway bridge at Blackfriars (both opened 1864) are completed. The maps are notable for their scale, clarity and detail.

    Condition & Materials

    Lithograph, 144 x 194 cm, original hand-colour, dissected into 36 panels and laid on linen, slight wear to folds and margins, folding into original cloth slipcase, worn, lettered direct: ‘Cassell’s Map of London’.


    Hyde, Printed Maps of Victorian London 73 (6).