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on 8 May 2009
This is one of those books where to hold is to want, but you're not sure why. It's a facsimile reprint of the first A-Z London Street Atlas, printed in 1939. And it's a facsimile even down to the yellowing pages, with authentic browny spots and stains. But what use is it? Well, as a Londoner you can look up where you were born, where you live, where you used to live, that sort of stuff. It has those little one-page maps of shops and cinemas, many long gone, where you might remember buying your first...I don't know, or seeing that film where Isabelle Huppert took off her...well you know the sort of thing. There's a sweet fold-out Pictorial Map of London, with little 3D building on it stuck in the back. I liked the comprehensive annotated list of places of interest too, from which I learned that the London Museum used to be in Lancaster House by Green Park. This section also contains a list of London's City churches, with asterisks by the ones which survived the Great Fire; but this list itself would soon need revising as the Blitz was just a few years away. A more arcane pleasure is the list of the streets renamed with the coming of the LCC (London County Council) which was done to rationalise confusingly similar streets which were confusingly near to each other, or not. So, a book of incidental pleasures, but a sweet little thing, in its handsome slip case.
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