Original copies of this world famous book are extremely scarce, often cost several thousand pounds to buy and most are to be found without the illustrative plates. This appears to be a complete copy and is one history book that no serious London researcher should be without. From the title page: "'Containing the political history of London. With an accurate survey of the several wards, liberties, precincts &c. An account of the several parishes and churches; its civil, military, and ecclesiastical government, companies and commerce, antiquities, offices, societies, state of learning, and monuments of charity and piety: Including the several parishes in Westminster, Middlesex and Surry, within the Bill of Mortality.
'The Whole illustrated with One Hundred and Twenty one copper plates, exhibiting the plans of the wards in London, of the city of Westminster, and parishes adjacent; and views of the City at different times, and of all the churches, palaces, bridges, halls, hospitals, &c. and a map of the country ten miles around this great City.'