The Woodcut map of London, from the reproduction of 1874
The "Woodcut" map of London, formally titled Civitas Londinum, and often referred to as the "Agas" map of London, is one of the earliest true maps (as opposed to panoramic views, such as those of
Anton van den Wyngaerde) of the
City of London and its environs. The original map probably dated from the early 1560s, but it survives only in later and slightly modified copies. It was printed from
woodcut blocks on eight sheets, and in its present state measures approximately 2 feet 4 inches (71 cm) high by 6 feet (180 cm) wide. (There has been some damage to the blocks, and it was probably originally fractionally larger.)
The Woodcut map is a slightly smaller-scale, cruder and lightly modified copy of the so-called
"Copperplate" map, surveyed between 1553 and 1559, which, however, survives only in part. It also bears a close relationship to the map of London included in
Georg Braun and
Frans Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, published in
Amsterdam in 1572, although this is on a greatly reduced scale.
The Woodcut map was traditionally attributed to the surveyor and cartographer
Ralph Agas, but this attribution is no longer upheld.