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    DescriptionLike all the great historic cities of Europe, London appears to us solid and unchanging. We feel that we can still explore the London of Dickens, Dr. Johnson, Defoe, Wren and even Shakespeare. The very names St. Paul's, Smithfield, Charing Cross, St. James', seem to link us with those past eras. But this solidity is an illusion, for throughout its long history, London has been changing and evolving. It has been renewing or replacing the streets and buildings at its heart and has been spreading inexorably outwards. This process is vividly illustrated by maps of London that have been drawn and published over the past 500 years; and this book offers a magnificent panorama of London's history by focusing on its maps. The link between London and Westminster; the devastation of the Great Fire; the emergence of the West End as a place of fashion; the opening of the Royal Parks; the building of the docks; the coming of the railway age; the impact of World Wars - all these processes and many more are evident in these historic maps. Approximately, 200 important maps from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day are illustrated and discussed. For all those who know London, but who wish to look behind the modern facade, London, "A Life in Maps" should prove irresistible, highlighting the challenge of predicting London's future development and character.

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    A Life in Maps
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Whitfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 288 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 1,270 g
    ISBN 13: 9780712349185
    ISBN 10: 0712349189

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: WQH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 942.1
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS052000
    Thema V1.0: WQH
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-ESL
    Illustrations note
    approx 200 illustrations
    The British Library Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    The British Library Publishing Division
    Publication date
    15 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Peter Whitfield is a former director of Stanford's International Map Centre. His eight previous books (all published by the British Library) are The Image of the World; The Mapping of the Heavens; The Charting of the Oceans; New Found Lands; Landmarks in Western Science; Astrology; Sir Francis Drake and Cities of the World.
    Review quote
    "Whitfield, the author of several books on maps, including "Cities of the World", has produced a fascinating history of London organized around some 100 of the countless maps, panoramas, and plans created of the city over the last 500 years, going back to the earliest extant map. . . . Whitfield serves up an enjoyable mix of facts, both familiar and obscure, handsomely supported with contemporary illustrations in addition to the maps. . . . Anyone with an interest in the history of London or of maps generally will find much to enjoy. Recommended highly for public and academic libraries."--Linda M. Kaufmann"Library Journal" (10/15/2007)