Via the BB Submitterator, Boing Boing reader IanM shares this "Very large drawing made in 1845 of London, UK from a vantage point just above the River Thames - possibly from a balloon?"
Huge Panorama of London in 1845 (ianvisits.co.uk)
Offered in a "Google Maps" style presentation (shown at left), and a Flickr set includes very large-sized scans like this (4500+ pixels wide) so you can get close to all the crazy detail.
Ian explains more on the origins:
An original document is quite rare and when one comes up for sale, they usually go for prices that would deplete my wallet. Fortunately, a reprint made for the newspaper's 150th anniversary tends to be more affordable, and I recently acquired a copy - which has been annotated with additional explanatory text. The scanned copy is huge (6GB) - sadly too huge for my feeble computer to cope with, but I have managed after some pleading with the laptop to deploy a moderate sized version.
The drawing itself is presented as two separate drawings, and I have joined them together in the middle to form a single long strip. Enjoy!
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