London: A History in Maps, Hardback
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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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400 pages, Over 400 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780712358798



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As a lifelong lover of maps, I could not resist when I found this coffee table size book at a bargain price. It is not a book that you sit down and read, but I'm putting it on my "Read" shelf, because otherwise it would remain on my "Currently Reading" shelf for a year to two. I enjoy the history for itself but also like having a reference book to get my bearings when reading historical fiction and biography set in London during various periods.