Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden
Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden

Rare Old Map of London by Hogg, 1784 - Westminster, City of London, Soho, Holborn, Covent Garden

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A rare, highly detailed and fantastically handcoloured map of London, originally published in 1784 by Alexander Hogg.

This map catches London at a very interesting time - the core of Westminster and the City of London are here, but as you can clearly see, most of the land outside this central core is still fields. This is most notable in south London, where Southwark has started to build up along the Thames, but Lambeth basically doesn't exist... it's just fields.

The handcolouring on this map is really lovely, with a nicely blue tinted Thames, red houses, and green and yellow fields.

This map looks great at all sizes, but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 100 inches (250cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options. Please note that the 24x14 inch unframed map has white edges that can be easily snipped off (or they may help with framing). All other maps, and all framed maps, look just like the listing images.

The model in the listing images is holding the 36x24 inch (90x60cm) version of this map.

The map shows the whole of the City of London (of course!), some parts around the City that have started to develop (Shoreditch, Old St), and all of Westminster. In 1784, Westminster had only expanded to Parliament in the south to Hyde Park in the west, to Oxford St and High Holborn in the north and Soho/Covent Garden in the east. You can see that the Marylebone and Paddington parts of Westminster are just starting to be laid down when this map was published.

Many of the landmarks that would be laid down in the 19th century are missing - but many have already been erected in 1784, including St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, Tower of London, St James' Square (and what would become Buckingham Palace just down the road).

Everything north and west of there... fields.

Take a look at the detailed images and try to spot your favourite landmark or street! Feel free to message me if you want to confirm if a certain street or place is on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, housewarming or Christmas gift for someone from London or who has spent a lot of time there.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes the map pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. I use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in my frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

Alternatively, I can also sell you an old map on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I have production facilities all around the world where I print and frame maps. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order we will prioritise your order and send it out by 1-day courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce).

We are able to next-day delivery in some cases if you order before 10am. But usually it's best to contact me first before you order.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

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Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984. I'm a 5-star Etsy seller. I have sold tens of thousands of maps and have over 1,500 real 5-star reviews.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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