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The History Of London From Its Foundation By The Romans, To The Present Time. Containing A Faithful Relation of the Publick Transactions of the Citizens; Accounts of the several Parishes; Parallels between London and other Great Cities; its Governments, Civil, Ecclesiastical and Military; Commerce, State of Learning, Charitable Foundations, &c. With the several Accounts of Westminster, Middlesex, Southwark, And Other Parts within The Bill of Mortality. In Nine Books. The Whole Illustrated with a Variety of Fine Cuts. With a Compleat Index. By William Maitland, F.R.S.

William Maitland

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed by Samuel Richardson in Salisbury-Court near Fleetstreet., MDCCXXXIX.

Physical Description

viii, [8], 800, [14] p., 24 pl. (4 fold.): illus.; 415 mm. (Folio).


[T.p., dedic.] - The Preface - A List Of The Names of as many of the Subscribers as came to the Author's Hand - [Text, with pl. and statistical tables] - Index - By a great Hurry at the Press, to hasten the Publication of this Work to oblige the Subscribers, the following Errors and Omissions were occasioned.

Responsibility Note

Most of the plates are unsigned by a draughtsman, but four are signed as drawn by R. West; three name the architect of the building shown (G. Dance, J. Gibbs). Most are signed as engraved by W.H. Toms; one, as engraved by C. Bowen; one, as engraved by G. Vertue. The headpice is signed as designed and drawn by C. Frederick Armiger and engraved by L.P. Boitard. One of the in-text illustrations is signed as made by T. Bowles.

The work is dedicated by the author to the King (George II).


B. Adams, London illustrated, 1604-1851: a survey and index of topographical books and their plates (1983), no. 33, p.80-82; R.M. Wiles, Serial publications in England before 1750 (1959).
ESTC, T100091

Summary Note

This work was issued in parts between May 1737 and 1739. Three plates carry the date 1738. (A second edition in two volumes, with expanded text and many more plates, appeared in 1756.)

The plates show maps or panoramas of London and various churches and public buildings.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century calf, upper and lower covers having an armorial device gilt-stamped; rebacked in 20th century, spine decorated in gilt in 18th-century manner, brown morocco spine-labels lettered 'Maitland's History Of London London MDCCXXXIX'.


Great Britain - London - History - Public buildings
Views - Maps - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Robert West, draughtsman
Thomas Bowles, engraver
William Henry Toms, engraver
George Vertue, engraver
C. Bowen, engraver
C. Frederick Armiger, draughtsman
Louis-Philippe Boitard, engraver
George II King of Great Britain, dedicatee
Samuel Richardson, printer