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London: A Life in Maps Hardcover – 17 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division (17 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712349189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712349185
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[ "London"] provides the reader with a good understanding of the evolution of one of the world''s major cities, and includes many of the seminal maps for those interested in its cartographic history. It is a good book for just browsing the maps and illustrations, and it''s appropriate for anyone with an interest in London and/or maps. . . . A very good value." -- Peter Porrazzo "Portolan" "[London] provides the reader with a good understanding of the evolution of one of the world''s major cities, and includes many of the seminal maps for those interested in its cartographic history. It is a good book for just browsing the maps and illustrations, and it''s appropriate for anyone with an interest in London and/or maps. . . . A very good value." -- Peter Porrazzo "Portolan" "["London"] provides the reader with a good understanding of the evolution of one of the world's major cities, and includes many of the seminal maps for those interested in its cartographic history. It is a good book for just browsing the maps and illustrations, and it's appropriate for anyone with an interest in London and/or maps. . . . A very good value."--Peter Porrazzo "Portolan " "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)

Synopsis

Like 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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