BRITTON, John. The Original Picture of London. Enlarged and Improved: Being a Correct Guide for the Stranger, as well as for the Inhabitant to the Metropolis of the British Empire. Together with a Description of the Environs … The Twenty-Sixth Edition. Longman, et al., [c. 1827].
12mo. Original dark green morocco, lettered in gilt; pp. liv, 498. [6, publisher's catalogue], additional engraved title, engraved folding frontispiece, two engraved folding maps (one very large and on strong paper), engraved plates; light spotting initially, otherwise very good.
Despite the many enlarged editions this is a very rare title. John Britton (1771 - 1857) was a self-educated topographer of the first rank, with many illustrated books under his belt.
The earliest edition we were able to trace in COPAC is the 24th of about 1826. The latest is the 29th of about 1833. There are very few copies of this title recorded in British institutions. Clearly a successful guidebook, but where are all the other editions and copies?