This is London, Hardback Book

This is London Hardback

Part of the This Is ... series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


With the same wit and perception that distinguished his charming books on Paris, New York, and San Francisco, M Sasek presents stylish, elegant London in This is London, first published in 1959 and now updated for the 21st century.

Here this beloved illustrator shares his impressions of London with its beautiful buildings, historic monuments, bridges, parks, shops and Piccadilly Circus, black cabs, Horse Guards, and famed Underground.

Sasek has cast his loving eye on London and the result are colorful, sophisticated pictures of one of the most exciting cities in the world, paired with a lively text that keeps a playful sense of fun while taking the reader to the highlights of one of the world's great capitals.This is London is a facsimile editions of Sasek's original title.

His brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved and remain true to his vision.

With the passing of time facts have been updated where applicable in the back of the book.

The result is a treasure with an elegant, classic look and delightful narrative that will charm both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the same book from their own childhood.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780789310620



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Written in 1959, this is a beautifully created book that really gets to the heart of London for children. This copy is an updated version (retains the original information with updates to it!) Great book. Glad I bought it!

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This Is London is one of a series of travel guides for children written and illustrated by Miroslav Sasek beginning in the late 1950s. Sasek describes and illustrates many familiar London landmarks. He also describes cultural aspects one might observe there, including business apparel, tea time and entertainment such as cricket, dart playing in pubs, and open air markets. Some of the facts that were true when the book was published in 1959 are no longer accurate. While the original text and illustrations have been preserved, an asterisk system directs readers to a page at the back of the book with updated information (as of 2004). Society was more formal in the late 1950s, and the style of the illustrations and muted color palate reflect the era. Despite some dated features, the book still maintains a timeless feel. Recommended for lovers of London of all ages.

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