a civil but rather a stupid dog
By SHURY, John , 1839

Plan of London From Actual Survey 1839 Published by Orlando Hodgson, 111, Fleet Street London.

British Isles London
  • Author: SHURY, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by Orlando Hodgson, 111 Fleet Street
  • Publication date: 1839.
  • Physical description: Engraved map, old folds backed with japan paper.
  • Dimensions: 520 by 860mm (20.5 by 33.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1459


Publisher’s details in margin at bottom left continuing on bottom right. In left, right and bottom margins are engravings of 33 London landmarks. The engraving of the Colosseum has been re-sited at lower left. The map shows the London & Greenwich Railway, the London & Birmingham Railway, and the Hungerford Suspension Bridge.

John Shury (or Sherry) is mentioned in a letter from Richard Phillips, a distinguished chemist and member of the Royal Society, to Michael Faraday, dated 4 September 1821: “Send to the engraver to wait upon you for the plate – he is a civil but rather a stupid dog – his name is Shury, Charterhouse House [sic] Street, Charterhouse Square.” (Letter 148, ‘The correspondence of Michael Faraday’, by Michael Faraday, Frank A. J. L. James)

The present map is an intermediate state between Howgego 343 states (4) and (5). The map bears the imprint of Orlando Hodgson as in the fourth state, but with the date in the title changed to 1839.

Scale: 3 3/4 in to 1 statute mile.


  1. Howgego 343 (intermediate state between 4 & 5).