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4 Harrison's Lane
Woodstock
Oxfordshire
OX20 1SS
Contact Susanne Schulz-Falster
Telephone 01993 811100
Specialists 17th and 18th Century Continental Books, Social Sciences, History of Ideas, Printing History, Technology, Women and Society, Illustrated Books, Arts, Manufacturing
Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books
Stand B06

Birmingham Map & Business Directory

PIGGOTT SMITH, J.

[BIRMINGHAM - J. PIGGOTT SMITH.] Map of Birmingham, with engraved title and dedication: To The Right Honourable William Earl of Dartmouth, Viscount Lewisham &c. &c. and Liberal Patron of its Public Institutions. This Map of Birmingham, engraved from a minute trigonometrical survey made in the years 1824 & 1825. Inset: Plan of the town of Birmingham taken in the year 1731., London, Beilby, Knott & Beilby 1828

Single sheet, 1267 x 1362 mm, engraved map within decorative border; steel-engraved, uncoloured, dissected, linen-backed, folding, with marbled paper backed end-panels; scale [3 and 3/4'' to 4 furlongs]; contained within the original calf slipcase, 190 x 250mm), resembling a book, spine with double gilt rule, gilt-lettered spine label; extremities a little rubbed, but a very good copy.

Note
A fine plan of Birmingham, the earliest published plan on such a scale of England's second city, and based on the surveys of J. Pigott Smith. It is not just a map, but basically a business directory of Birmingham businesses and their location, just before the railway age. Numerous canals, their offices and wharves feature prominently in the plan, in addition to breweries, hotels, named manufactories of various kinds, the New Steam Mill Co., Union Rolling Mills and, of course Boulton's Soho Ironworks, churches, the synagogue, the workhouse and the hospital. Landowners and owners of individual premises are named - and if they refused to be listed and surveyed shamed with the note 'refused access'. Most prominent was Matthew Boulton's Soho House, its park and Mint and Manufactory, where the Lunar Society had first met and where Boulton had received many visitors including Catherine the Great.
The map covers the area of Birmingham and Edgbaston including Bolton's Soho Manufactory, Lichfield Turnpike Road, the Fazeley Canal, Bordesley, and Edgbaston.

Illustrated
yes

Edition
first edition

Condition
fine

Binding
folding map, housed in book-shaped calf slip case.
£2,450