Stow's Survey covers the entire city of London in VERY close detail, and is a superb introduction to the city in its Elizabethan guise. Published a year before The Theatre was moved across the river to become the Globe Theatre, it's a tantalizing look at the city just at the moment when English theatre was beginning to produce the great world classics for which it is famed. A must-have for those who love the city, for Shakespeareans and English history buffs--and even for writers of historical novels (e.g. Antonia Fraser, who wrote the introduction), as well as those writing engaging barstool histories such as Pete Brown's Shakespeare's Pub. It's a book that one need not read in linear fashion (from front to back), but enjoyable as a deep well into which one may sample at random.