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[England, Middlesex] Seale, To the Most noble Thomas Holles Pelham Duke of Newcastle, Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex & Westminster, His Majesty's Secretary of State, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, & c, Knight of the Most Noble Order of ye Garter this Map of the County of Middlesex is Dedicated by his Grace's most humble Servant R.W. Seale. London, circa 1760. Map 20 x 24; with side panels 20 x 29. Uncolored. Dissected and mounted on linen. Fold discoloration, some rubbing in title cartouche, overall VG. With a marbled paper slipcase for Laurie & Whittle's Middlesex. $750

Shows bordering portions of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Hartfordshire, Essex and Kent. Extends to Deptford and Greenwich. The beautiful cartouche features the Duke's arms. The side panels are liveries of "all the Free Companies of London..." surmounted by the arms of the City. With each company's arms is the name of the sovereign at the time of its creation. Thus, Goldsmiths Edward III, Stationers Mary, Needlemakers to Oliver Cromwell. A few, such as Fletchers (arrow makers) and Basketmakers, have a pedigree "by antient Right." The many coats of arms make this a highly decorative map.

Major roads are shown and landmarks noted: "Gravel Pitts' at Kensington, homes of nobles, place for weekly markets. Historical notes identify a War of the Roses battle site (Gladmore Heath, April 14, 1471) and a former Royal residence at Hamworth.

Dedicatee Lord Pelham was twice Prime Minister during the Seven Years War.

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