The Agas Map
What is the Agas map?
Civitas Londinum is a bird’s-eye view of London first printed from woodblocks in about 1561. Widely known as the “Agas map,” from a spurious attribution to surveyor Ralph Agas (c.1540-1621), the map offers a richly detailed view both of the buildings and streets of the city and of its environment. No copies survive from 1561, but a modified version was printed in 1633. In the later version of the map, the Stuart coat of arms replaces the Elizabethan arms, and the Royal Exchange, which opened in 1571, occupies the triangle created by the convergence of Threadneedle and Cornhill Streets.
MoEML and the Map
For MoEML, the map is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows us to visualize literary and historical data, a material object with its own historical and aesthetic interest, and a text in its own right. Our new version of the Agas Map, first released in 2015, has an interface based on the OpenLayers 3 library. The map image was freshly scanned by the London Metropolitan Archives and then stitched together and edited by the MoEML team to create an ideal text. While we redraw all the streets, sites, and boundaries, we continue to develop the interface to provide maximum interactivity and drawing capabilities to our users. Our full scholarly edition of the map will include critical materials about the genre, accuracy, provenance, preservation, and subsequent adaptations of the map.
© The Agas map is used on this website by kind permission of the City of London, London Metropolitan Archives. Copyright law prohibits further reproduction of these images in any form under any circumstances. More information.
For site identifications, we are particularly indebted to the work of Adrian Prockter and Robert Taylor, A to Z of Elizabethan London (London: Harry Margary, 1979).
Last modification: 2015-09-02 10:10:11 -0700 (Wed, 02 Sep 2015) (mholmes)