nearly as big as Paris
By FER, Nicolas de , 1700

Plan des villes de londres et de westminster et de leurs faubourgs avec le bourg de southwark. avec Priv. du Roy 1700.

British Isles London
  • Author: FER, Nicolas de
  • Publication place: [Paris
  • Publication date: 1700].
  • Physical description: Hand-coloured engraved plan.
  • Dimensions: 290 by 330mm (11.5 by 13 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1515


French cartographer, geographer, engraver and publisher Nicholas De Fer (1646-1720) took over the business begun by his father Antoine De Fer. Nicholas was a prolific mapmaker and publisher of over 600 sheet maps, wall maps and atlases. His maps were prized for their decorative qualities rather than the accuracy of their geography. Nonetheless, his reputation grew, culminating in his appointment as Geographer to the King. Among his works are several atlases: France Triomphante in 1693, Forces de L’Europe 1696, Atlas Curieux 1705 and Atlas Royal.

“At the opening of the eighteenth century … French maps of London were for the most part small and unimportant, being derived from native originals, but it is interesting to find a London map of 1700 published by a Parisian, Nicolas de Fer, being used as a means of showing his pride in his native city. London he says, is “nearly as big as Paris”. (Howgego, p. 19)

Scale: approx. 3 inches to 1 statute mile.


  1. Howgego 44 (1).