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ORIGINAL PICTURE OF LONDON ...
The original picture of London, enlarged and improved: being a correct guide for the stranger, as well as for the inhabitant, ... with a description of the environs. The twenty-fourth edition, revised and corrected to the present time.
London: printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, [1826].
xxxiv, 495, [1], [8] p., add. engr. t.-pl., fold. engr. frontis., [2] fold. engr. maps, [27] pl.; 14.1 cm. (12°)

The Picture of London was originally issued in 1802 by the radical bookseller Richard Phillips who re-published it annually until 1810. After another edition in 1812, Phillips was forced by financial pressures to sell his copyright which was purchased by Longman & Co. The new owners tried in 1820 to amend the outdated text compiled by the antiquarian John Feltham, but finally resolved to have the work thoroughly 're-edited' by John Britton. Britton's revision, with preliminary matter in this copy dated January 1826, had four undated editions. It was renamed The Original Picture of London to distinguish it from imitations like Samuel Leigh's New Picture of London (q.v.). For further details see B. Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (1983), p. 189, no. 151, pp. 364--5. The final eight unpaginated pages (the final four leaves of gathering 2U6) advertise Britton's works and books sold by Longman & Co.

Binding C19th dark green roan, the upper cover direct-lettered in gilt 'Picture of London.'

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