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London A Life in Maps

ISBN-10: 0712349197
ISBN-13: 9780712349192
Edition: 2006
Authors: Peter Whitfield
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Description: A city long shrouded in literary and historical mists--not to mention real ones--London seduces tourists and natives alike. From Big Ben to the grimy Victorian streets of Dickens novels on up to the sleek high-rises that dot the skyline of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: British Library, The
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

A city long shrouded in literary and historical mists--not to mention real ones--London seduces tourists and natives alike. From Big Ben to the grimy Victorian streets of Dickens novels on up to the sleek high-rises that dot the skyline of the twenty-first-century metropolis, the urban landscape of London is steeped in history, while forever responsive to the changing dictates of progress, industry, and culture. In "London"" A Life in Maps", acclaimed historian Peter Whitfield reveals a wealth of surprising truths and forgotten facts hidden in the city's historic maps. Whitfield examines nearly 200 maps spanning the last 500 years, all of which vividly demonstrate the vast changes wrought on London's streets, open spaces, and buildings. In a rich array of colorful cartographic illustrations, the maps chronicle London's tumultuous history, from the devastation of the Great Fire to the indelible marks left by World Wars I and II to the emergence of the West End as a fashion mecca. Whitfield reads historic sketches and detailed plans as biographical keys to this complex, sprawling urban center, and his in-depth examination unearths fascinating insights into the city of black cabs and red double-deckers. With engaging prose and astute analysis he also expertly coaxes out the subtle complexities--of social history, urban planning, and design--within the rich documentation of London's immense and constantly changingcityscape."" "London"" A Life in Maps" lets readers wander through the past and present of London's celebrated streets--from Abbey Road to Savile Row--and along the way reveals the city's captivating history, vibrant culture, and potential future.

Peter Whitfield is the author of numerous books on a wide range of subjects, including maps, English poetry, and the history of science.

London Before the Fire Medieval
London: The Earliest Images of the City
The Tower and Westminster Abbey
The End of the Middle Ages in London
Renaissance London Revealed A Coronation Procession
Copperplate: From Picture to Map Braun and Hogenberg Shakespeare's London
The Agas Map Smithfield and St Bartholomew's Hospital
The Norden Panorama Whitehall Palace Civil War London
Maritime London
Hollar: West Central London
The Great Fire
The Great Fire and the Map of London
The Age of Elegance
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 Gardens 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 Regency London
Unbuilt London
Buckingham Palace
Kensington Turnpike
London's Docks Belgravia
The Railway Age Paddington: A Canal, a Railway, a Miniature
Venice and a Teddy Bear
Trafalger Square Bloomsbury 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 Unfashionable Suburbs
Architecture: Edwardian and Modernist
The Underground Wembley and Park Royal
Road-planning: Early Visions
The City Blitzed
The Festival of Britain Planning the Capital
The Transformation of the Docklands
A Hoxton Childhood
A View from a Bridge
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