London - A History in Maps published by the British Library in association with the London Topographical Society beautifully illustrates the development of London over the past 750 years from a small town, snuggly fitted within its walls, into one of the world’s greatest and most dynamic capitals.
Based on an exhibition held at the British Library, the book is written by Peter Barber, a Council member of the London Topographical Society and the head of maps and topographical views at the BL, with notes on the engravers by Laurence Worms, also a Council member of the LTS and the President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
Writing a description of a book about maps is never easy for anyone working in Stanfords – we risk coming over as either jaded, having seen so many books in our vast stock of map-related publications, or over-enthusiastic with our love for and interest in maps. But London - A History in Maps is a truly fascinating survey the capital’s history presented in maps, drawings, views and related material from the Roman times to the present day, drawn from the British Library’s vast collection and with many illustrations reproduced here for the first time.
The book is a veritable treasury of interesting maps and drawings illuminating all aspects of London’s development and includes many fine examples of our founder’s contribution to the mapping of London. Our sample shows an extract from a “Plan of the Proposed Improvements at Charing Cross, St Martin’s Lane and Entrance to the Strand, Ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed, 12th May 1826”.
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