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London: A History in Maps

London: A History in Maps

Hardback London Topographical Society Publication

By (author) Peter Barber

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  • 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: 41,015

Product description

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).

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"Creatively designed and copiously illustrated, this beautiful and informative coffee table publication replicates an exhibition that was displayed at the British Library from November 2006 to March 2007. . . . This handsome publication will be a delightful and useful resource for a variety of audiences, including the general public; map collectors and bibliophiles; local and urban historians; and scholars interested in historical geography, urban geography and planning, and the history of cartography."--Ronald E. Grim, Boston Public Library "AAG Review of Books "