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In the eighteenth century, wise sage and journalist Samuel Johnson opined that when one was tired of London, they were in fact tired of life. Well, the same might be said for this exuberant and delightful website, and it is doubtful that visitors will be tired of its fine collection of London maps even after several visits. Organized as part of the British Library's Online Gallery collection, the Crace Collection of Maps of London was brought together in the early part of the nineteenth century by society designer Frederick Crace. All told, the collection consists of over 1200 printed and hand-drawn maps which chart the development of the city and its immediate vicinity from 1570 to 1860. Current map curator and head Peter Barber offers up some of his favorite items from the collection on the homepage, including the rather wordy "A guide for Cuntrey men in the famous Cittey of LONDON by the helpe of wich plot they shall be able to know how farr it is to any Street" from 1593. Visitors shouldn't stop there, as they should press on to search through the rest of the collection and Barber's introductory essays.
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