- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 242mm x 312mm x 34mm | 2,400g
- Publication date: 18 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 071235879X
- ISBN 13: 9780712358798
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: Over 400 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 67,721
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.
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Peter Barber is Head of Map Collections at the British Library. His many books include The Map Book (2005) and (with Tom Harper) Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art (British Library, 2010).
"The entire volume exceeds the author's expressed aspirations to present an honest and inclusive representation of London. I particularly appreciated the author's perspectives on the history of mapping, which includes analysis and documentation of the highly selective nature of maps and mapping throughout history. The analysis of the motives of cartographers and publishers in particular is outstanding, being something few other books of this type include and a worthwhile addition to any publication discussing the history of cartography."--Patti Day, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee "Cartographic Perspectives ""