My favourite books 25: The A-Z of Georgian LondonPosted: June 17, 2011
Original maps by John Rocque, 1747. This edition Harry Margary, 1981.
The late Harry Margary lived in Lympne Castle in Kent, on the escarpment overlooking Romney Marsh. Over a number of years, he built up a business that republished old maps to exceptional standards of reproduction and scholarship. This business is now run by his son, and you can take a look at its website here.
Of course, you can never own too many London atlases, but the Georgian volume (Margary also publishes Elizabethan, Restoration, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian A-Zs) is an object of particular beauty. My pictures never do justice to originals, but this is particularly true with this volume.
Frenchman John Rocque spent 9 years researching and engraving the 24 map sheets that make up this volume, stretching from Marylebone and Chelsea to Stepney and Rotherhithe, and textbook mapping with orchards, pasture and waterways – Dr Johnson’s London comes to life.