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London: A Life in Maps Paperback – November 1, 2006
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i have several minor reservations about this edition. the quality of the reproductions and illustrations varies widely; the contrast or resolution of some maps or images is so low that they are effectively illegible (doré engravings, p.156; spurrier & phipps plan, p. 121; london railway, p.132; paddington parish, p.134; etc.), and some are jpeg files with compression artifacts (charing cross, p.136) or badly rescreened halftone images that produce moire patterns (wren's plan, p.118). (yes, the editorial difficulties in compiling images from so many sources were considerable ... but all the same.) the sewn binding is, for a trade paperback, superbly robust, but this makes it very difficult to open the book flat to examine the (many) maps printed across facing pages. i also regretted the lack of an archaeological or reconstruction map of roman and medieval london (the narrative starts in 1550), a synoptic map showing the gradually expanding urban limits, and a double page map of existing buildings, keyed by color to the period in which they were built.
I have always loved a novel that opens with a map. Here's a book that illustrates the changing city through the centuries and the decades.
Imagining the time of the Romans, of Shakespeare, of Queen Victoria is now easier with this handy resource.
I am writing a novel about 1760-1790 in London. This book shows many of the roads as they were in those times as well as the changes the architects imagined after the Great Fire.
First rate research.
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I wanted a book with full-page maps. I thought this book would show how the city changed over time, you know, through maps. It doesn't really. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dennis Deems
As another person mentioned, maps are soooo small & my eyes had tough time reading the places. Also unfortunately doesn't go back far enough due to all wooden structures burned... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lin Tarter
Misleading title; this is a very high-level synopsis of a few elements of some parts of historic London. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bookgirl
good overview, but not as in-depth as I would have wished. It covers a very broad time frame in a compact volume, but it just whets the appetite.Published 19 months ago by Booknut
My son loves London and loves maps so this book will be perfect for him.I browsed through it and its very interesting. Lots of maps and he will love reading it.Published 23 months ago by happy camper
I received London: A Life In Maps" in great time and condition, and for a great price. I found it to be a fascinating research book where you can see through the changing maps, the... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Barbara D. Zambrana
There are a lot of books about London out there, but this one is different: it offers a history of the development of the city through the eyes of centuries worth of chroniclers... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by M2