Rare map of London printed on cloth

An Illustrated Map of London.

British Isles London
  • Author: ANONYMOUS
  • Publication place: [?London
  • Publication date: c1855].
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, printed in red and black, on cloth, key to plan below.
  • Dimensions: 510 by 590mm (20 by 23.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2366


Rare map of London printed on cloth.

The plan is printed in red and black. All bridges, railways, public buildings, squares, parks, and borough names are printed in red. To the left and right of the title is a note:

“Below is a List of the chief Sights & Amusements of London and it’s Environs, worthy of notice. The Star denotes free admittance. The Figures on the left refer to the map, on the right, the distance in miles from London.”

Although the plan is not dated, we can assign a date of around 1855: it depicts both Holloway Prison (‘Model Prison’), opened in 1852, and the Metropolitan Cattle Market (‘New Cattle Market’) opened in 1855. Strangely the plan fails to show King’s Cross Station which was opened in 1852.


  1. Not in Hyde.