Civitas Londinium

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Civitas Londinium; Agas' Map of London, (1570-1605?).

Civitas Londinium is the title of what is probably the earliest proper map (as opposed to panoramic view, such as those of Anton van den Wyngaerde) of London. It has long been attributed to Ralph Agas: according to Mitton in Maps of Old London (1908), this was first done by George Vertue (1648-1756). There is no direct evidence that Agas did in fact create the map.

Again according to Mitton, internal evidence (Old St Paul's Cathedral has lost its spire, the Royal Exchange is built, Northumberland House is not yet built) places the map between about 1570 and 1605.

Existing maps appear to be later copies of the original. The image here is of a reproduction of the one held in the Guildhall (London) in 1874.


  • Mitton, G.E. (1908). Maps of Old London. Adam & Charles Black. 

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