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Very much more than an atlas
on 6 December 2011
Published in 2011 so it is bang up-to-date, this book is very much more than a mere atlas. It covers the history of London from Roman times and has maps dating from 1250 plus sections on the geology, landscape and climate of London. As well as street maps it has facts and figures for population, religion, transport, housing and employment. There is description and photos of the main cemeteries, festivals, parks, football clubs, universities, markets, museums and art galleries. There is even a section on hauntings. Every London borough has its own couple of pages.
In including so many subjects each topic is necessarily covered briefly, but the book is a treasure trove of anecdotes and information. The 304 pages are rather larger than 12 inches by 10 inches so it is a heavy book suited for coffee table use, with no topic having more than two pages devoted to it. The slipcase protects it when it is not being read.
The reproductions of engravings and the many photographs are sumptuous. This is a quality product, as suggested by the recommended retail price of £50. I paid just over one-quarter of that figure (not from Amazon) but I would have been happy to pay twice as much. It would make a wonderful gift for anybody who has lived, does live, or wishes to live in London - or indeed anybody who is interested in our capital city.