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London: A Life in Maps (paperback)

Published Date:
November 2006
British Library Publishing
Bibliographic Details:
Paperback, 192 pages, 288 x 210mm, approx 200 illustrations, mostly colour
Peter Whitfield
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Historical maps of London feature in this bestselling book, giving readers a rare glimpse into maps of the capital through the ages. Published to tie in with the popular British Library London: A Life in Maps exhibition, this book contains approximately 100 important historical maps from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day, all fully illustrated and discussed. For all those who know London, but who wish to look behind the modern façade, London: A Life in Maps should prove irresistible. This book is a great gift for historians and geographers interested in the life of London through the lens of its historical maps.

Table of Contents
London before the Fire: Pre-eighteenth-century London
Medieval London: The Earliest Images of the City
The Tower and Westminster
The End of the Middle Ages in London
Renaissance London Revealed
Coronation Procession
Copperplate: From Picture to Map
Braun and Hogenberg
Shakespeare's London
The Agas Map
Smithfield and St Bartholomew`s Hospital
Norden Panorama
Whitehall Palace
Civil War London
Maritime London
Hollar West Central
The Great Fire
The Great Fire and the Map of London

The Age of Elegance: Eighteenth-century London
The London that Wren Never Saw
St Paul's
Frost Fairs on the Thames
St James's
The West End
Whitechapel and the East End
Vauxhall and Ranelagh
Hogarth's London
Fashionable Suburbs
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Bedlam and Newgate
South London: New Bridges, New Roads
Chelsea Waterworks
Marylebone Road
The City and Its Institutions
The Gordon Riots

The Victorian Metropolis: Nineteenth-century London
Regency London
Unbuilt London
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Turnpike
London's Docks
The Railway Age
Paddington: A Canal, a Railway, a Miniature Venice and a Teddy Bear
Trafalgar Square
Gothic London
Victorian Cemeteries
Victorian Parks
Millbank: From Prison to Art Gallery
New Roads
Dickens's London
The Great Exhibition and Its Legacy
London's Vanished Rivers
Green London Preserved
Mapping Wealth and Poverty

The Shock of the New: Twentieth-century London
Unfashionable Suburbs
Architecture: Edwardian and Modernist
Wembley and Park Royal
Road-planning: Early Visions
The City Blitzed
The Festival of Britain
Planning the Capital
A Hoxton Childhood

`a gorgeous and illuminating book. Very highly recommended!`
Groovy Age of Horror

`... 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

`Its format of short chapters makes it easy to dip into and it is illustrated with an abundance of maps... it makes an ideal present for anyone who has visited London.` Jenny Harvey,
IMCoS Journal

`[Peter Whitfield] uses maps as the skeleton on to which he can flesh out the story of London's physical development over the past five centuries... a volume that is not only to read cover to cover, but also one that makes a wonderful browse.`
London Society Journal

`...both book and exhibition are wonderfully rewarding`.
Gillian Tindall, TLS

`This is a fascinating account of how London has been growing and changing during the past five centuries or so. There are very many illustrations as well as maps...`
Paul Kirwan, Reference Reviews

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