Barber, Peter.,

London: a history in maps / Peter Barber. - viii, 380 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 x 32 cm. - London Topographical Society ; no. 173 Publication (London Topographical Society) ; no. 173. .

Based on an exhibition at the British Library in 2006-2007.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 374) and indexes.

1. The Walled city 50-1066
2. London reborn
3. 'Sweet, salutarie air': London's countryside
4. Out of sight: the east end and docklands
5. The age of improvement
6. The mean streets of Victorian London
7. Metroland
8. Maps in modern London.

Over the past 2000 years London has developed from a small town, fitting snugly within its walls, into one of the world's largest and most dynamic cities. This book illustrates and helps to explain the transformation. Side-by-side with the great, semi-official but sanitised images of the whole city, there are the more utilitarian maps and plans of the parts - actual and envisaged - which perhaps present a more truthful picture. But the maps and panoramas are far more than topographical records. They all have something unique to say about them concerns, assumptions, ambitions and prejudices of Londoners at the time when they were created. The book reveals the 'inside story' behind one of the world's greatest cities.

9780712358798 (hbk.)


Historical geography.
Cartography --History.--England --London


London (England) --History --Maps.

912.421 PET / 008725
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