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LEIGH, Samuel (fl. 1812--1830)
Leigh's new picture of London: or, a view of the political, religious, medical, literary, municipal, commercial, and moral state of the British Metropolis: ... Embellished with upwards of one hundred elegant engravings ...
London: printed for Samuel Leigh, 1818.
vi, ix--xv, [1], 451, [1], [14] p., fold. engr. map, [6] fold. pl.; 14.2 cm. (12º)

Leigh, who started trading as a bookseller in 1812, published a series of guidebooks to European capital cities under the title A new picture of ... . His New picture of London competed with Phillip's and his successor, Longman's Picture of London (q.v.) principally by offering a larger collection of small views. His innovative use of thumbnail topographical engravings was promptly copied by Longman. See B. Adams, London illustrated 1604--1851 (London 1983), no. 126, pp. 290--4.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on second front free-endpaper John Soane, Esq./ With Mr. Moyes's most/ respectful Compts./ January 1, 1818. The Museum also has a loose set of the six plates on their own (Drawer 59, set 4).

Binding C19th dark blue roan, the upper cover direct lettered in gilt 'Leigh's new Picture of London', gilt double-rule and gilt-tooled spine with heraldic motifs.

Reference Number 2634


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