woodcut map with original hand-colouring, linen-backed, a couple of small rust spots affecting the vignette of the British Museum in the upper margin, folding into the publisher’s blind-embossed brown cloth boards, titled Wyld’s Map of London and Visitor’s Guide, 1853, slightly worn and soiled, publisher’s advertisement inside the front cover, [Hyde 25 (5)],
Wyld's New Plan of London,
London, James Wyld, 1853.
first issued and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, as one of only six maps to be displayed, three of which were by James Wyld, a highly successful publisher, Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert, and MP for Bodmin. To mark the international flavour of the exhibition, the title and explanatory texts also appear in French and German. The map is bordered by 11 vignette views of prominent buildings, including the Crystal Palace and Wyld’s own domed Model of the Earth in Leicester Square. Although re-issued numerous times, this copy was the fifth issue in two years, it remained largely unaltered, even after the Crystal Palace had been relocated in South London, and his Leicester Square building demolished. The map itself extends from Islington to North Brixton, and from Holland Park to Bow Creek,.