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ADAMS, Bernard (Bernard Paul Fornaro), 1915-2002 : LONDON ILLUSTRATED 1604-1851 : A SURVEY AND INDEX OF TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS AND THEIR PLATES.
London : Library Association, (1983). First edition : limited to 1,000 numbered copies. The essential reference book for any collector of illustrated books on London – wise, witty, and massively detailed descriptions of over 230 books – and offering far more riches than the somewhat dry title might suggest.
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ADDISON, William (Sir William Wilkinson), 1905-1992 : WANSTEAD PARK.
[London : Corporation of London, 1973]. First edition. A brief illustrated guide to the park and its history.
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ARCHER, John Wykeham, 1806-1864 : VESTIGES OF OLD LONDON, A SERIES OF ETCHINGS FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ...
London : David Bogue, 1851. First edition. A sumptuously produced collection of etchings, “illustrative of the monuments and architecture of London, in the first, fourth, twelfth, and six succeeding centuries, with descriptions and historical notices”. Archer was a gifted antiquary, as well as a meticulous artist and engraver, and he here searches out out-of-the-way survivals of London's past not noticed or pictured elsewhere – portions of London Wall, Roman survivals, mediaeval remains and interiors, the houses of Milton and Dryden, the Fleet River underground, ancient street monuments and signs, etc.
AUNGIER, George James, 1808- – editor : CRONIQUES DE LONDON, DEPUIS L’AN 44 HEN. III. JUSQU’À L’AN 17 EDW. III.
London : for the Camden Society, 1844. First edition. A transcription of a valuable fourteenth-century manuscript French Chronicle of London, with an extensive introduction and explanatory notes. With a list of members of the Society, etc. Edited by George James Aungier, who was sentenced to transportation for life the following year for forging a cheque in the name of John Gough Nichols of the printing family – indeed the printers of the present work – Nichols testifying at the Old Bailey trial.
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BARKER, Felix (Richard Felix Raine), 1917-1997 & HYDE, Ralph, 1939-2015 : LONDON AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
London : John Murray (Publishers), (1982). First edition. From the grand to the curious, if not from the bizarre to the preposterous – some of the many architectural projects proposed – but rejected and never built – over a period of four hundred years. An extraordinary, richly illustrated and highly entertaining survey of London as it might have been. Signed on the title-page by the co-author, Ralph Hyde.
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BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John – publishers : CENTRAL LONDON ATLAS-GUIDE.
Edinburgh : The Geographical Institute, John Bartholomew & Son, 1956. Second edition. An attractive pocket atlas of London, with coloured sectional maps extending north to Highbury, eastwards to Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs, south to the Oval, and westwards to Hammersmith, on a scale of something over three inches to the mile. Complete with historical notes, notes on place names, population, museums and galleries, theatres, cinemas, clubs, hotels, restaurants, sports grounds, etc, etc. Also with plans of several major buildings, general maps of the Greater London area, the major approach roads, underground railways, and an extensive street index, etc. First published in 1951.
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BESANT, Sir Walter, 1836-1901 : FIFTY YEARS AGO.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1892. Second edition : a revised and slightly expanded version of the original 1888 publication. Besant’s entertaining and richly illustrated account of life and society (principally in London) in 1837 – the year of the accession of Queen Victoria and in Besant’s view the year in which all that we think of as nineteenth-century really began.
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BREWER, H.W. (Henry William), 1836-1903 : OLD LONDON ILLUSTRATED. A SERIES OF DRAWINGS BY THE LATE H. W. BREWER ILLUSTRATING LONDON IN THE XVITH CENTURY.
London : The Builder, 1922. Third edition. A revised edition, here issued for the first time with key-plates, of Brewer’s delightful reconstructions of the streets and buildings of Elizabethan London: a panoramic view of London from the east; the Tower; Aldgate, Cheapside; Old St. Paul’s; Ludgate; Newgate; Ely Place; Old London Bridge; Westminster, etc. – first published as a collection the previous year, although the drawings originally appeared in “The Builder” in the 1880s and 1890s. With descriptive notes by Herbert Arthur Cox (1875-1956).
BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.
London : Macmillan & Co., . First edition. Heart-breaking personal essays on aspects of London “bombed, burned and battered”, illustrated with poignant and evocative photographs of the Blitz.
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BROMLEY, Gordon (Gordon Rushworth), 1910-1988 : LONDON GOES TO WAR – 1939.
London : Michael Joseph, (1974). First edition. The first year of the war and London and Londoners are changed forever – The balloons go up, The children leave, The lights go out ... Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished photographs by the cameramen of the weekly magazine “Illustrated”.
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BROWN, William Haig, 1823-1907 : CHARTERHOUSE PAST AND PRESENT : A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HOSPITAL FOUNDED IN CHARTERHOUSE BY THOMAS SUTTON, AND MORE PARTICULARLY OF THE SCHOOL BELONGING THERETO ...
Godalming : H. Stedman, 1879. First edition. A thorough and well-illustrated history by the Victorian headmaster, with chapters on the founders; the early days; the masters; the schoolmasters; the poor brethren; the removal of the school to Godalming; the lighter hours; the governors; the new statutes, etc.
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CAUNT, George, 1908-1977 : ILFORD’S YESTERDAYS : THE VILLAGE THAT BECAME A TOWN.
[Ilford] : Caunt Publishing, (1980). Second edition. An enlarged and augmented version of the original 1963 edition – illustrated sketches of incidents, characters, houses, etc., in Ilford history.
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CHANCELLOR, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937 : THE ANNALS OF THE STRAND : TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1912. First edition. The earliest history of this celebrated and important London thoroughfare, covering the Strand itself, the side-streets, and the famous characters, with separate chapters on the Savoy, Somerset House, the Strand Churches, the Inns of Court and Chancery, the Great Houses, the Theatres, the Taverns and Coffee-Houses, etc.
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CHANCELLOR, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937 : THE XVIIITH CENTURY IN LONDON : AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SOCIAL LIFE AND ARTS.
London : B. T. Batsford, . First edition. “This very handsome quarto, which contains a wealth of information, very difficult to acquire, reproduces a series of illustrations even more difficult to get possession of. The subject is divided into eight sections, which include street topography, pleasure resorts, clubs, coffee houses and taverns ... great houses and public buildings, churches, and so on. Its pictures alone are a delight, not least the wonderful photographs of the interiors, and such buildings as remain” (The Graphic, 12th November 1921).
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CHANCELLOR, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937 : LOST LONDON : BEING A DESCRIPTION OF LANDMARKS WHICH HAVE DISAPPEARED PICTURED BY J. CROWTHER CIRCA 1879-87 ...
[London] : At the Chiswick Press, for Constable & Co. and Houghton Mifflin, 1926. First edition : limited to 1,025 copies. The artist John Crowther was commissioned either side of 1880 by Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey to make water-colours of London buildings under threat from redevelopment – Beresford Chancellor describes a selection of sixty of them in a circular tour – Chelsea (where Crowther was living in 1881), Westminster, Whitehall, the Strand, the Borough, and home via Stockwell, Vauxhall and Battersea.
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COBB, Gerald, 1899-1986 : LONDON CITY CHURCHES 1951 : A BRIEF GUIDE.
London : Corporation of London, 1951. First edition. A survey of the surviving City churches, with notes on bomb damage, etc.
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CORFIELD, Penelope J. (Penelope Jane), 1944- : VAUXHALL AND THE INVENTION OF THE URBAN PLEASURE GARDENS.
London : History & Social Actions Publications, (2008). First edition. An absorbing study of the rise and fall of the greatest of all the urban pleasure gardens – “it was popular; it was brilliantly organised; it was musical; it was entertaining; it had fireworks; it was a meeting place for lovers – it had it all”.
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CORTON, Christine L., 1958- : LONDON FOG : THE BIOGRAPHY.
Cambridge (MA) : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, (2015). First edition. A thoroughly engaging history of the London pea-souper, the London particular – in literature, in art and in reality – from the Dickensian gloom, through decades of attempted remedy and legislation, to the Clean Air acts of the mid twentieth century.
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COX, John Edmund, 1812-1890 : THE ANNALS OF ST. HELEN’S, BISHOPSGATE, LONDON.
London : Tinsley Brothers, 1876. First edition. A full-scale history of the famous old church, compiled by the then vicar from materials collected by the wine-merchant William Meade Williams (1799-1869), who was baptised at St. Helen’s in December 1799. Illustrated with wood-engraved plates, etc., mainly by Richard Knight – some from the drawings of Percy William Justyne.
DAVIES, Philip, 1950- & KEATE, Delcia, 1955- : IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST : LONDON’S CIVIC ARCHITECTURE AT RISK.
London : English Heritage, 1995. First edition. An evocative survey of architectural treasures across the Greater London area at risk from disuse and disrepair.
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DAVIS, Henry George Davis, 1830-1857 : THE MEMORIALS OF THE HAMLET OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE. WITH NOTICES OF ITS IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURHOOD.
London : J. Russell Smith, 1859. First edition. “Knightsbridge and Pimlico form the only suburbs west of the metropolis, whose history remains unwritten ... I trust the following pages will show that Knightsbridge is far from destitute of associations deserving to be recovered and saved from the ravages of time”. With material on the streets, buildings, eminent inhabitants, society and politics, etc., and separate chapters on Belgravia and the sub-district of St. Barnabas. The work was edited for publication by Charles Davis after the early death of his brother.
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DESMOND, R.G.C. (Raymond George Coulter), 1925- : OUR LOCAL PRESS : A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE NEWSPAPERS OF WALTHAMSTOW.
London : Walthamstow Antiquarian Society, (1955). First edition. An interesting and detailed account of a rich variety of local publishing – with material on twenty-five different local productions from 1870 onwards.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896 – publisher : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1879. AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.
London : Charles Dickens, 1879. First edition : the hardback issue. The first appearance of this splendidly informal handbook produced by the younger Dickens, eldest son of the novelist. A mass of detailed and practical information – bus timetables, postal information, church services, newspaper offices, the names of professional envelope addressers (and prices), etc., alongside some lively and frequently offbeat asides on Victorian mores – “Opium Smoking Dens, – The best known is that of one Johnstone, who lives in a garret off Ratcliff-Highway ... a similar establishment of a slightly superior – or it might be more correct to say a shade less nauseating – class is that of Johnny Chang ...”. “Ladies Shopping without male escort, and requiring luncheon, can safely visit any of the great restaurants – care being always taken to avoid passing through a drinking bar”. With a fine array of contemporary advertisements.
DORAN, John, 1807-1878 : LONDON IN THE JACOBITE TIMES.
London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1877. First edition. A lively, anecdotal and detailed history of the Jacobite cause in London from 1714 on into the nineteenth century, but with emphasis on the activities surrounding the momentous events of 1715 and 1745. Compiled by the journalist and historian Dr. John Doran, editor of “Notes and Queries”.
DUNN, Nell (Nell Mary), 1936- : UP THE JUNCTION.
London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1963. First edition. Her first and most famous book – sixteen short stories and sketches of working-class life in Battersea and Clapham Junction “Out with the Girls”, “The Tallyman”, etc. Adapted for television by Ken Loach in 1965 and subsequently filmed with Suzy Kendall, Susan George, Dennis Waterman, etc.
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EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.
London : for Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1821. First edition : the second issue, with the footnote on p.9. Pierce Egan’s roaring and runaway success – racy, slangy, and riotous adventures among the highest of high life and the lowest of low life in Regency London – “In his particular line, he was the greatest man in England” (John Camden Hotten). The sparkling text which took the country by storm as it appeared in instalments between August 1820 and July 1821 is gloriously accompanied by the superb aquatints of the brothers Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, many depicting recognisable London scenes.
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ELLIS, Winifred : LONDON – SO HELP ME!
London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), (1952). First edition. An entertaining account of coming to London – and the perils and pitfalls of railway porters, private hotels, service flatlets, cab-drivers, digs, bed-sitting rooms, gas-rings, and all the hazards that may greet a young woman from the provinces (in this case Liverpool) – “Unless you intend coming in nothing but a fig leaf and a string of beads you will not expect your arrival in London to cause any sensation”.
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FAULKNER, Thomas, 1777-1855 : AN HISTORICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF FULHAM; INCLUDING THE HAMLET OF HAMMERSMITH.
London : for T. Egerton; T. Payne, Becket & Porter, etc. 1813. First edition. An elegant local history, covering in turn the origins, agriculture, botanic gardens, nurseries, manufactories, the canal, rectory, church and chapel, parish registers, benefactions, charity schools, the history, Fulham Palace, the bishops of London, ancient houses, Parsons Green, Walham Green, North End, Hammersmith, Pallenswick, Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Brandenburgh House, Craven Cottage, etc.
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FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : LONDON’S RIVER.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1966). First edition. "A treasure-house for the serendipitist ... the off-beat, the eccentric, even the bizarre" – Fletcher in words and pictures in Greenwich, Deptford, Rotherhithe, Wapping, the Bankside, Battersea Park, Chelsea, the pubs of Hammersmith, Kew, Richmond, etc.
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FRY, Herbert, 1830-1885 : LONDON (THE COMPLETE GUIDE).
London : Love & Malcomson, . The forty-fourth edition of Fry’s perennially popular guide, published more or less annually from 1880, but here completely revised and updated, while retaining its defining feature – the splendid bird’s-eye views of the principal thoroughfares designed by Thomas Sulman (1832-1900) and George William Ruffle (1838-1901).
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GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.
London : Geographia, . Eleventh edition, revised and extended. Originally published in 1930, but here revised and extended in scope, reaching out to Rickmansworth and Egham to the west; Radlett and Potters Bar to the north; Rainham and Dartford to the east, and Epsom and Purley to the south. Contents include a double-page key map, 210 fully indexed sectional maps in colour on a generous scale of three inches to the mile; six coloured sectional maps of the City and West End at over six inches to the mile; coloured double-page maps of the postal districts and the major roads; a map of the underground railway; and four endpaper maps of the theatres, cinemas, clubs and museums.
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GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.
London : Phoenix House, (1962). First edition thus. A wholly revised edition of Godfrey’s classic “A History of Architecture in London” (1911), extending his original text on into the twentieth century and the geographical coverage out to a radius of forty miles from the capital. A richly illustrated history of English architecture as demonstrated in surviving London buildings – “no major building of architectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked”.
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GORDON, W. J. (William John), 1849-1937 : HOW LONDON LIVES : THE FEEDING, CLEANSING, LIGHTING AND POLICE OF LONDON WITH CHAPTERS ON THE POST OFFICE AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS.
London : Religious Tract Society, . First edition. An absorbing and well-illustrated behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of Victorian London – with chapters on how London is fed; cleaned; lit; the police; the Thames police; Bart’s Hospital; the Post Office; the commissionaires; the Mint, and coming to London. Gordon was a London accountant as well as a prolific writer on a wide variety of topics. A volume in the “Leisure Hour Library” series.
GRANT, George : A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF LONDON, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.
Dublin : for James M’Glashan, 1849. First edition. A concise and yet wide-ranging history of London – “A distinct view of the moral, municipal, medical, political, and religious state of the British metropolis; a particular account of all the establishments connected with literature and science; public schools and charitable institutions; trade and commerce; public companies, docks, markets, &c., public buildings, national establishments, and other important edifices; exhibition of works of art, and the places of public amusement – in fact everything there is to see, and how it is to be seen, are here fully explained”.
GRANT, James, 1802-1879 : SKETCHES IN LONDON.
London : W. S. Orr & Co., 1838. First edition. A compelling view of the “Modern Babylon” from the journalist James Grant – “Everything the Author has described, has either come under his own observation, or been verbally communicated to him by friends who were cognizant of the facts stated, and in whose veracity he could place the utmost reliance”. With chapters on begging imposters, debtors’ prisons, the lumber troop, parliament, penny theatres, workhouses, lunatic asylums, Bartholomew and Greenwich fairs, gaming houses and gamblers, the police, and other aspects of the underworld of the metropolis. Published in instalments at just the same time as “Oliver Twist” was being serialised, the work provides an interesting factual counterpart and companion to the Dickens novel, not least in that the young Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”) was responsible for the bulk of the illustrations.
GREENWOOD, James (James William), 1835?-1929 : THE WILDS OF LONDON.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1874. First edition : with the (later) advertisements dated November 1874. Thirty-seven illuminating essays and pieces on London life at the extremes from the campaigning journalist, James Greenwood – “The Lambeth Casual” – illustrated with evocative studies of London life by the gifted Alfred Concanen (1835-1886). Includes A Visit to Tiger Bay; An Evening at a Whitechapel Gaff; Sunday Evening with the Fancy; Amongst the Music-Hall Luminaries; At the Death-Bed of a London Dragon; At a Knocking Out (a savage attack on the ringing of auctions); Going Hopping in Kent; At a Gaol Delivery; At a Sugar Baking; At a Penny Wedding; A West-End Cholera Stronghold, and much more.
(HACKNEY CARRIAGES) : HACKNEY CARRIAGES : TABLES OF DISTANCES MEASURED BY AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF THE METROPOLIS; AND OF THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF THE CITY OF LONDON; ALSO, MEMORANDUM RELATING TO THE FARES, HIRING, &C., OF HACKNEY CARRIAGES, &C.
London : for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, . The bulky 1901 issue of the official cab distance tables for the whole of the London area, cross referencing almost every conceivable location – Lord’s Cricket Ground to the Kennington Oval – 4 miles 934 yards; the “Angel” Islington to Putney Station, 7 miles, 592 yards, etc.
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HARBEN, Henry A. (Henry Andrade), 1849-1910 : A DICTIONARY OF LONDON : BEING NOTES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL RELATING TO THE STREETS AND PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS IN THE CITY OF LONDON.
London : Herbert Jenkins, 1918. First edition. Harben’s extraordinary dictionary of more than 6,000 street and place names in the City of London, their location, the forms and origins of the names, associations, early depictions on maps, etc. Still the essential work.
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HARE, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903 : WALKS IN LONDON.
London : Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. First edition. Entertaining and fact-filled walks around London in the company of the always engaging Augustus Hare: the Strand; the Inns of Court; Fleet Street; St. Paul’s; Smithfield, Clerkenwell, Canonbury; Cheapside; Aldersgate and Cripplegate; Bishopsgate; the City; the Tower; Thames Street; London Bridge and Southwark; Trafalgar Square; the West End; Regent Street; Regent’s Park; Oxford Street; Whitehall; Westminster Abbey; Westminster; Chelsea; Lambeth; Kensington, etc.
HARPER Charles G. (Charles George), 1863-1943 : MORE QUEER THINGS ABOUT LONDON.
London : Cecil Palmer, (1924). First edition. Illustrated essays on various London topics – Doggett’s Coat and Badge; Door-Knockers; Statues; Keystones; Water-Gates; Ely Place and Hatton Garden; Belgravia; the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street; the City Liberties; the City Wards, etc. A sequel to the author’s “Queer Things about London. Strange Nooks and Corners” (1923).
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HARRISSON, Tom, 1911-1976 : LIVING THROUGH THE BLITZ.
London : William Collins, Sons & Co., 1976. First edition. An account of the Blitz and those who endured it – in London, Coventry, the southern ports and the northern towns – compiled from contemporary reports, diaries and the Mass-Observation archive.
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HEAL, Sir Ambrose, 1872-1959 : THE LONDON GOLDSMITHS 1200-1800 : A RECORD OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE CRAFTSMEN, THEIR SHOP SIGNS AND TRADE CARDS.
London : Cambridge University Press, 1935. First edition. Heal’s monumental study – with sections on goldsmiths, bankers and pawnbrokers; eminent London goldsmiths; Samuel Pepys and his goldsmiths; a list of known trade-cards; marks, shop-signs and emblems; and a directory of goldsmiths, jewellers, bankers and pawnbrokers.
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HOWELL, James, 1594?-1666 : LONDINOPOLIS; AN HISTORICALL DISCOURSE OR PERLUSTRATION OF THE CITY OF LONDON, THE IMPERIAL CHAMBER, AND CHIEF EMPORIUM OF GREAT BRITAIN ...
London : by J. Streater, for Henry Twiford, George Sawbridge, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1657. First edition. One of the earliest printed histories of London, second only to the early editions of Stow in terms of chronology. Compiled by the versatile and engaging Welsh author, royalist, politician and traveller, James Howell, after his release from a lengthy imprisonment at the time of the Interregnum. With accounts of St. Paul’s and the other ancient churches; the individual wards and precincts; the governance of the City; the walls, streets, gates and prisons; the Inns of Court; the twelve great livery companies; the company halls; the Tower, the Royal Exchange, the Guildhall and other prominent buildings; the Thames; London Bridge; the mayoralty; the city of Westminster and the Abbey; the Strand; Covent Garden; Lincoln’s Inn; Westminster Hall; Parliament, the Admiralty, etc.
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : BIRDS IN LONDON.
London : Longmans, Green, & Co., 1898. First edition : in the secondary binding and with the inserted catalogue dated January 1903. A wide-ranging and attractively illustrated survey of the remarkably varied bird-life of the capital from the master naturalist, with much on individual birds, individual areas of London, adaptive behaviour, occasional visitors, the cat problem, rookeries, suggestions for introduction, a bibliography, etc.
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IRELAND, Samuel, 1744-1800 : PICTURESQUE VIEWS ON THE RIVER THAMES, FROM ITS SOURCE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE TO THE NORE; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OTHER WORKS OF ART IN ITS VICINITY.
London : T. Egerton, 1801-1802. Second edition. A charming sequence of views of the Thames and its landmarks from its source to Tilbury, together with an entertaining and offbeat commentary in “plain and unadorned language”. First published in 1792, the delightful sepia aquatint views were etched by Cornelis Apostool from Ireland’s drawings – “at the time of their first publication the soft tones and translucent fluidity of the new medium must have made a welcome change from the formality of the line-engravings in which such subjects had hitherto been depicted” (Adams). For the present edition, some of the original aquatints have been replaced by fresh plates by Charles Rosenberg, and a view of the newly-built bridge at Staines is also included.
LEWIS, Samuel, 1821-1862 : THE HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF THE PARISH OF SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.
London : Printed for the author ... and published by J. H. Jackson, 1842. First edition. A handsomely illustrated local history, covering Islington, Holloway, Highbury, Barnsbury, Newington Green, Stroud Green, etc., taking in turn the early and manorial history, parish government, the St. Mary’s district and its later subdivisions – the St. John’s district, St. Paul’s district, Holy Trinity, the chapelries of St. Peter, St. James, All Saints and St. Stephen – the parts of Islington village in the parish of Clerkenwell, charities, biographical notes on local worthies, etc. Compiled by the younger Samuel Lewis, son of the publisher of topographical dictionaries.
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LINEBAUGH, Peter, 1942- : THE LONDON HANGED : CRIME AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
London : Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, (1991). First edition. A fine and detailed study of poverty, community and society in the shadow of the gallows in eighteenth century London.
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LLOYD, John H. (John Henry), 1830-1910 : THE HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, AND ANTIQUITIES OF HIGHGATE, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX; WITH NOTES ON THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD OF HORNSEY, CROUCH END, MUSWELL HILL, ETC.
London : Printed by Subscription, 1888. First and sole edition : limited to an unspecified number of numbered copies. A handsome local history, compiled by a local wine-merchant of Green Bank, Merton Lane, who was also a long-serving secretary of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. Contains separate sections on the churches, the houses, gossip, customs, etc., as well as a survey of the “Highgate of Today”, notes on fossils found in the Archway cutting, etc. The “notes” on the surrounding areas are in fact extensive.
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LOFTIE, W.J. (William John), 1839-1911 : IN AND OUT OF LONDON: OR, THE HALF-HOLIDAYS OF A TOWN CLERK.
London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, [ca.1877]. Fourth thousand. A revised and corrected reprint of the original 1875 publication – Saturday afternoon excursions for the amateur antiquary – London churches and palaces – St. Olave Hart Street, Great St. Helen’s, the Savoy, Northumberland House, Holland House – and farther afield to Berkhamsted, Fulham, Ingatestone, Knole, St. Albans and the Surrey Hills. Prefaced by a general introduction, a chapter on the geography of London (a search for the seven streams), and chapters on London in the fifteenth and in the eighteenth centuries.
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LOVETT, Richard, 1851-1904 : LONDON PICTURES : DRAWN WITH PEN AND PENCIL.
London : Religious Tract Society, 1890. First edition. An interesting and heavily illustrated portrait of late Victorian London – chapters on civic and commercial London; the Tower of London; ecclesiastical London; the imperial government and the royal palaces, and legal and literary London.
MACBRIDE, Mackenzie (Charles Mackenzie), 1861-1933 : LONDON’S DIALECT : AN ANCIENT FORM OF ENGLISH SPEECH.
London : Priory Press, 1910. First edition. Beginning as a spirited defence of the much derided Cockney dialect (in fact the first standard and the first written English), MacBride goes on to explore its origins and then the importance of dialects in general, with much on the dialects of other parts of the country.
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MACHEN, Arthur (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), 1863-1947 : THE LONDON ADVENTURE : OR THE ART OF WANDERING.
London : Martin Secker, (1924). First edition : one of 200 numbered copies on large paper, signed by Arthur Machen. Machen at large in London’s unknown corners and amid the mystery of common things – “a volume that should be on every good bookman’s shelf of essays ... no writer on London has communicated more perfectly the unapprehended mystery of the Mother City in its unfamiliar aspects. The author is alive to the ‘awful unexpectedness’ with which his adventure abounds, and, chief charm of the work, he gives you the right sense of an eternal quest” (J. D. Symon in the Illustrated London News, 13th September 1924).
MADGETT, Kenneth C.J., 1920-1988 : A HISTORY OF 75 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE’S AND 50 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE & ST. ETHELBERT’S CHURCH EAST HAM.
London : Parochial Church Council of St. George & St. Ethelbert, 1987. First edition. An illustrated jubilee history.
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MANTON, Colin & EDWARDS, John : BYGONE BILLINGSGATE.
Chichester : Phillimore & Co., (1989). First edition. A short history of the fish-market, illustrated from old maps and engravings, accompanied by a fine sequence of explanatory photographs taken in the final two years before the market moved out of the City in 1982.
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“MARS” – [BONVOISIN, Maurice Charles, 1849-1912] : LA VIE DE LONDRES : CÔTÉS RIANTS.
Paris : E. Plon, Nourrit & Cie., . First edition. The lighter side of London life and fashion as seen by the popular and irrepressible Belgian caricaturist – Charing Cross Station, lunch-hour on the Strand, Royal Ascot, Hyde Park and Rotten Row, Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, the Lowther Arcade, Piccadilly and Park Lane, Henley, the Music-Hall, Christmas parties, Kensington Gardens, Maidenhead, and so much more – sketches, studies and wry observation.
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MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 & MASSINGHAM, Pauline : THE LONDON ANTHOLOGY.
London : Phoenix House, (1950). First edition. A quite splendid anthology of nearly 700 extracts, mainly from memoirs and private letters, offering thoughts on every aspect of London life – from accidents, actors and air-raids to traffic and the weather. Extensively illustrated from contemporary sources.
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MAUDE, Cyril (Cyril Francis), 1862-1951 : THE HAYMARKET THEATRE : SOME RECORDS AND REMINISCENCES.
London : Grant Richards, 1903. First edition. Both a history of the theatre and some lively reminiscence of Victorian plays and players. Chapter XVI, a highly entertaining attack on George Bernard Shaw and his “utter want of practical knowledge of the stage”, is said (very plausibly) to have been written by Shaw himself. Edited by Ralph Maude.
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MERRIFIELD, Ralph, 1913-1995 : LONDON : CITY OF THE ROMANS.
London : B. T. Batsford, (1983). First edition. A masterly and fully illustrated study of the history and remains of Roman London from “the father of London’s modern archaeology”. Chapters on London before the Roman Conquest; the Claudian Invasion; the first Londinium; its transformation; its heyday; the hinterland; Londinium in the Antonine and Severan Periods; Londinium in the Third Century; the Fourth; from Londinium to London, etc.
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METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
London : E. Marlborough & Co., 1862. First edition. An unusual London history, concentrating on those parts of it famous in the history of liberty, and written at a time when it was still possible and still true to speak of the “one sentiment in the breasts of all true-born English men and women – invincible attachment to the liberties their fathers won”. With chapters on the City; Smithfield; the Tower; the Fleet Prison; the Temple and Lincoln’s Inn; Whitehall; the liberty of the press; Bunhill Fields, etc.
MILLER, Thomas, 1807-1874 : PICTURESQUE SKETCHES OF LONDON PAST AND PRESENT.
London : Office of the National Illustrated Library, . First edition. An attractively illustrated series of “poetic prose” sketches, many of which had originally appeared in the “Illustrated London News”, but are here revised and expanded. Sections on Ancient London; St. Paul’s; Cheapside; London Bridge Wharf; the Tower; London Docks; Whitechapel; Guildhall; Christ’s Hospital; Smithfield Market; Newgate; Fleet Street; St. Clement Dane; Westminster Abbey; St. Giles and the Rookery; London Fog; Southwark; Street Amusements; Spring-Time; Cemeteries; Greenwich Park, and Holidays of the London Poor.
MINNS, Raynes, 1946- : BOMBERS AND MASH : THE DOMESTIC FRONT 1939-45.
London : Virago, (1980). First edition. “A fuelless, meatless and sugarless world”- a thoroughly-researched study of “the deprivations and dramas of the women’s war”, commencing with a woman’s chronology of the war and extremely well illustrated from contemporary sources – photographs, advertisements, recipes, posters, etc.
NORMAN, Philip, 1842-1931 & OTHERS : THE LONDON CITY CHURCHES.
London : The London Society, (1929). Second edition. A revised version of the original 1923 publication – Dr Norman’s historical notes on all the City churches, with a tabular list describing present uses, etc., suggestions for extended use, a bibliography, etc.
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NORTHEAST, Christine H. : THE CRYSTAL PALACE PARK OF 1854 : A GUIDED TOUR.
Cambridge : By the author, (1979). First edition. A guided tour with twenty-eight stopping places from Crystal Palace Station to Rockhills – the great urban park fully explored.
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PANTER-DOWNES, Mollie (Mary Patricia), 1906-1997 : LONDON WAR NOTES : 1939-1945.
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1971). First edition. Inscribed, signed and dated by the author – “For Marie, with much love from Mollie 1972”. The author wrote a regular “Letter from London” column for the “New Yorker” throughout the war years, while “all that is best in the good life of civilized effort appears to be slowly and painfully keeling over”. Her editor, William Shawn, has here assembled the letters to provide a consecutive eye-witness chronicle. Precedes the London edition, which did not appear until the following year.
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PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : MIDDLESEX.
London : Penguin Books, (1951). First edition : the wrappers issue. Pevsner incisive on the merits and demerits of the built heritage of the much abused county. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
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PHILLIPS, J.F.C. (John Francis Charles), 1943-1996 : SHEPHERD’S LONDON.
London : Cassell & Co., (1976). First edition. A study of Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1793-1864) and his family – and their contribution to the recording of the London landscape of the nineteenth century.
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PHILLIPS-BIRT, Douglas (Douglas Hextall Chedzey), 1920-1978 : THE CUMBERLAND FLEET : TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF YACHTING 1775-1975.
London : Royal Thames Yacht Club, (1978). First edition. A handsomely illustrated history of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, first instituted when the Duke of Cumberland presented a cup in 1775. With much passing reference to the America’s Cup, the Channel Match, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, etc.
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PIPER, David (Sir David Towry), 1918-1990 : ARTISTS’ LONDON.
New York : Oxford University Press 1982. First American edition. A most attractive study – a richly illustrated survey of London as seen by the great artists down the ages.
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POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.
London : printed by George E. Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1857. [Second edition]. London was first divided into postal districts in 1857-1858, to a plan devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 – a circle of roughly twelve miles radius from the General Post Office in St. Martin’s-le-Grand being split into ten districts, “each to be treated, in many respects, as a separate town”. The present alphabetical index and guide first appeared in 1856, but for this edition was furnished with maps of the districts, converting it into one of the very earliest London street atlases. A folding index map covers the whole area, followed by individual maps of the whole of the Eastern Central (EC) and Western Central (WC) districts, and further maps of the innermost portions of the Northern, North Eastern, Eastern, South Eastern, Southern, South Western, Western, and North Western districts – these corresponding approximately to the modern head districts – N1, E1, SE1, SW1, W1 and NW1. The North Eastern and Southern districts were abolished in the 1860s following a report by Anthony Trollope – hence no modern S or NE London postcodes.
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[PRICE, John Edward, 1839-1892] : THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF NEEDLEMAKERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON. WITH A LIST OF THE COURT OF ASSISTANTS AND LIVERY.
London : Privately Published, 1876. First edition. An attractively produced history of the company from its sixteenth-century origins and its incorporation in the seventeenth century, together with names and addresses of the livery in 1876.
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RAYBOULD, Walter, 1864-1912 : LONDON BELLS : AND WHAT THEY TELL US.
London : Blackie & Son, 1911. First edition. A delightful book about London for children – not just Oranges and Lemons and other nursery rhymes, but the origins of the city, the Romans, Boadicea, Saxon London, the Danes, Westminster Abbey, the Thames, London Bridge, the Tower, the Great Fire, St. Paul’s, London children, St. James’s Park, the Crystal Palace, the Zoo, Covent Garden, the docks, and London servants. With colour plates by Wilfrid Ball, W. L. Wyllie, Frank Brangwyn, Samuel Scott, Stanhope Forbes, Vicat Cole, and others, as well as numerous illustrations, some full-page, in the text.
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RITCHIE, J. Ewing (James Ewing), 1820-1898 : DAYS AND NIGHTS IN LONDON; OR, STUDIES IN BLACK AND GRAY.
London : Tinsley Brothers, 1880. First edition. Powerful campaigning journalism from Ritchie, updating and expanding on his much earlier “The Night Side of London” (1857). With chapters on popular amusements; music-halls; Sundays with the people; the low lodging-house; in an opium den; excursionists; river steamers; street salesmen; city nuisances; out of gaol; in a gipsy camp; the street boys of London, etc.
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ROBERTSON, E. Arnot (Eileen Arbuthnot), 1903-1961 : THAMES PORTRAIT.
London : Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1937. First Edition. An illustrated, discursive and entertaining journey down the Thames from Lechlade to the sea, by the popular novelist and critic, with atmospheric photographs by her husband H. E. (Sir Henry) Turner.
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ROCK & CO., William Frederick, 1802-1890 : [COVER TITLE] VIEWS OF LONDON.
London : Rock & Co., [ca.1850]. A bound sequence of fifteen handsome vignette plates of London scenes, somewhat larger than the usual Rock & Co. views and including some new additions to London’s built environment erected in the 1840s. Views include the new Royal Exchange, the Post Office (the view incorporating a man holding up a placard for "Rock’s Conversation Cards"), St. Paul’s, the British Museum, Exeter Hall, the Horse Guards, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, the Port of London, the Thames Tunnel, etc.
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ROWELL, George (George Rignall), 1923-2001 : THE VICTORIAN THEATRE : A SURVEY.
London : Oxford University Press, 1956. First edition. A highly-regarded survey of nineteenth-century theatre and drama – in fact covering the period 1792-1914 – with much incidental reference to Harley Granville Barker, Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, Sir John Hare, Sir Henry Irving, Charles Kean, William Charles Macready, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, James Robinson Planché, Thomas William Robertson, etc. – and much also on the London theatres themselves.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL MONUMENTS (ENGLAND) : AN INVENTORY OF THE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS IN LONDON. VOLUME II. WEST LONDON. EXCLUDING WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
London : His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1925. First edition. A general historical introduction followed by an illustrated borough-by-borough inventory of all the known survivals dating from pre-1714. Covers rather more of London than the title might imply – Battersea, Chelsea, Finsbury, Fulham, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Holborn, Islington, Kensington, Lambeth, Paddington, St. Marylebone, St. Pancras, Stoke Newington, Wandsworth and Westminster. With supplementary material on the early heraldry, a glossary, index, etc.
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SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.
London : Nathaniel Cooke, 1853. First edition in English of this amiable and much-quoted primary source on Victorian London. An acute overseas visitor shines a light on London street life, the London squares, life on the Thames, the London police, Newgate, the Post Office, the London of fogs and gaslight, the City, the Bank of England, Hyde Park, the haunts of fashion, the newspapers and periodicals, the theatres, and much else. Originally published as "Wanderungen durch London" (1852-1853) and here in a translation by Otto von Wenckstern (1819-1869), translator of Goethe, writer on slavery, the Schleswig-Holstein question, etc.
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SCRAPBOOK : [A SCRAPBOOK].
An untitled scrapbook made up at an undetermined date from a variety of sources spread over a wide chronological period. The material contained in the album comprises over seventy small early nineteenth-century engraved London scenes, some with hand colour; over 120 further small early nineteenth-century topographical engravings of scenes in England and Wales, some with hand-colour; three later engraved vignettes of Malvern; a number of miscellaneous pieces, including two pencil sketches; three Louis Wain caricatures of cats; and two rather fine woodcut illustrations by Tirzah Garwood from an unidentified publication, dating perhaps from the 1920s.
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SEGG & CO., J.P. (John Philip) – publisher : LONDON AND FASHIONABLE RESORTS, (ILLUSTRATED) : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE PLACES OF AMUSEMENT, OBJECTS OF INTEREST, PARKS, CLUBS, MARKETS, DOCKS, LEADING HOTELS, AND ALSO A DIRECTORY ...
London : J. P. Segg & Co., 1888. Seventeenth year of publication. An opulent guidebook to Victorian London, printed in purple and gold throughout, and concentrating on the world of privilege – editorial write-ups on the “leading houses” – Piesse & Lubin of New Bond Street for perfumes; Barkentin & Krall of Regent Street for jewellery; advertisements for silks and champagnes; for luxury travel by train or steamship; the best hotels; write-ups for the best resorts and hotels outside London – Brighton, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, etc. There is also an illustrated “Album of Operatic, Dramatic, and Musical Celebrities” – portraits of Ellen Terry, Lily Langtry, and the rest. The guide had been published since 1872, initially by Henry Herbert, but ownership had now passed to a slightly mysterious Greek dentist-cum-advertising-contractor (and later cinema owner) named George Eustace Skliros – for both of whom see my “Victorian Opulence” post of 18th October 2018 on the “Bookhunter on Safari” blog.
[SERRES DE LA TOUR, Alphonse-Joseph de, 1740?-1790?] : LONDRES ET SES ENVIRONS, OU GUIDE DES VOYAGEURS, CURIEUX ET AMATEURS DANS CETTE PARTIE DE L’ANGLETERRE ...
Paris : Chez Buisson, 1788. First edition. A charming eighteenth-century illustrated French guide to London from the journalist and refugee who had absconded to London with the aristocratic wife of his employer. Serres de la Tour includes chapters on the character of the people, the London way of life, the antiquity, the extent, the principal buildings in turn, the Thames, the hospitals, societies, institutions, markets, spectacles and amusements, the post, the taverns and cafes, etc. In an unusual feature at this date, the second volume comprises an alphabetical dictionary of the smaller towns and villages of the London area (from Abbots Langley to Windsor), with descriptions of each, this followed by notes on the principal English towns elsewhere, from Bath to York. As Adams points out, the folding plates are “larger and more handsome than those usually found in a duodecimo volume. They ... seem not to be associated with any British prints of the period. Most view the buildings at an unusually oblique angle and include ... much architectural detail”.
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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE LONDON CHILD.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1927). First edition. Studies of childhood in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, by the 'rebel woman' – Evelyn Sharp, suffragette, feminist, radical journalist and off-beat writer for children. The nursery school, playing in the street, park and playground, going to the pictures, the panto, the school play, the Christmas party, the swimming-baths, the children’s library, the children’s court, the certified school, the clinic, the hospital, etc. With drawings and illustrations by Eve Garnett (1900-1991).
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SINCLAIR, Robert (Robert George), 1900-1985 : EAST LONDON : THE EAST AND NORTH EAST BOROUGHS OF LONDON AND GREATER LONDON.
London : Robert Hale, (1950). First edition. A stylish exploration of the history of the “blind and wayward growth” of the parts of London east of Aldgate. In the Hale County Books series.
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SINCLAIR, William Macdonald, 1850-1917 : MEMORIALS OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1909. First edition. A substantial history of St. Paul’s from the earliest times, with additional material on the organists, the library, Paul’s Cross, the memorials, etc., and extensive quotation from the diary of Robert Green, Dean’s Verger from 1852 to 1900, on life in the nineteenth century cathedral. With illustrations by Louis Weirter.
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SMITH, Thomas, 1798-1875 : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY-LE-BONE ...
London : John Smith, 1833. First edition. An account of that part of London forming the original parish, from Abbey Road and St. John’s Wood in the north to Oxford Street in the south, bounded to the west by the Edgware Road, and to the east by Primrose Hill, London Zoo, Regent’s Park, and Cleveland Street. Includes material on Roman roads, Tyburn, the Portland family, the local churches, chapels, schools and hospitals, Oxford Street, Cavendish Square, Portman Square, Portland Place, Lord’s Cricket Ground, conduits and waterworks, Marylebone High Street, the Gardens, local worthies and eccentrics, the Cato Street conspiracy, etc., etc.
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SPRADBERY, Walter E., 1889-1969 & OTHERS : THE WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY AND THE BRANGWYN GIFT.
London : Borough of Walthamstow, 1936. First edition. An illustrated account of the founding bequest of pictures from Frank Brangwyn to the Water House (now the William Morris Gallery) in Walthamstow. With an account of the house by George E. Roebuck, accounts of Brangwyn and Arthur H. Mackmurdo by Spradbery, a list of the 148 pictures, etc. Printed at the Curwen Press.
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STONIER, G.W. (George Walter), 1903-1985 : ROUND LONDON WITH THE UNICORN.
London : Turnstile Press, (1951). First and sole edition. A whimsical London guide – a mixture of essays, visits, prose poems and "cockney idylls" – delightfully illustrated by Lynton Lamb.
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“STRUTHER, Jan” – [ANSTRUTHER, Joyce, 1901-1953] : SYCAMORE SQUARE AND OTHER VERSES.
London : Methuen & Co., (1932). First edition. The author of “Mrs Miniver” with ten poems, including “The Muffin Man”, relating to a quiet and small London square, followed by ten on the London telephone districts, Avenue, Frobisher, Gulliver, Mayfair, Victoria, etc., and a further eight whimsical pieces on contemporary topics. Illustrated throughout with great charm by Ernest H. Shepard.
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“SYNTAX, Dr.” : THE TOUR OF DOCTOR SYNTAX THROUGH LONDON, OR THE PLEASURES AND MISERIES OF THE METROPOLIS. A POEM BY DOCTOR SYNTAX.
London : J. Johnston, 1820. “Third edition” – i.e. a fresh impression of the original 1820 publication. The naive and pedantic “Doctor Syntax, learned sage, The pride and glory of the age” – with a series of comical adventures and mainly misadventures in London – an anonymous revival of this fictional character first invented by William Combe, but here set against some highly recognisable London scenes. The tale commences with Syntax and his wife Dolly poring over a map of London at the tea-table; arrival at the White Horse in Fetter Lane; robbed in St. Giles; behind the scenes at the opera; at a masquerade; rehearsing his play; in Hyde Park; at the Royal Academy; to Richmond by river; at Vauxhall Gardens; overboard at London Bridge; at the House of Commons; in a gambling den; at St. Paul’s; at the Bank of England; presented at Court to the Prince Regent; and the fate of the play, etc.
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TANSWELL, John, 1800-1864 : THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF LAMBETH.
London : Frederick Pickton, 1858. First edition. A thorough account of the parish, with individual chapters offering a general survey; the history of the manors of Lambeth, Kennington, Vauxhall, Stockwell and Levehurst; Lambeth Palace; the archbishops; the churches; the rectors; the monuments and epitaphs; the older and more important buildings, and remarkable events, with appendices on the subisdy rolls, the charities, etc.
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[THOMSON, Richard, 1794-1865] : CHRONICLES OF LONDON BRIDGE : BY AN ANTIQUARY.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1827. First edition : a large-paper copy, with the finely engraved illustrations proofed on india-paper. A diligent and monumental study of the history of the world-famed bridge, making use of generally unavailable sources, translations of ancient documents, etc.
TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : CURIOSITIES OF LONDON : EXHIBITING THE MOST RARE AND REMARKABLE OBJECTS OF INTEREST IN THE METROPOLIS ...
London : David Bogue, 1855. First edition. The final realisation of an idea first hatched in 1828 – an encyclopaedic dictionary of London – from the Adelphi to the Zoological Gardens – mixing the “entertaining and anecdotic” with “social statistics and other Great Facts”. Compiled by John Timbs F.S.A., author, journalist and antiquary. As “agreeable a book as you could wish to meet with. There is so much out-of-the-way reading in it – such apt introduction of personal experience” (The Examiner, 5th May 1855).
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TRELOAR, Sir William Purdie, 1843-1923 : WILKES AND THE CITY.
London : John Murray, 1917. First edition. An engaging and well-researched life of one Lord Mayor of London – the turbulent and magnificent John Wilkes (1725-1797) – by one of his successors in that office. Duels, the “North Briton”, general warrants, habeas corpus, expulsions from the Commons, the Middlesex elections, the mayoralty and all the rest.
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TUFFS, J. Elsden (Jack Elsden), 1922-1978 : THE STORY OF WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD : FROM ROMAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT.
[Wanstead] : for the Author, (1962). First edition : limited to 1,000 copies. An attractive chronological survey, with illustrations from old prints and the author’s own drawings.
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WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.
London : Cassell & Co., . First edition in book form. A sequel to the highly popular “Old and New London”, compiled jointly by Walford and C. W. Thornbury. A circular tour round Chiswick, Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Staines, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Harrow, Barnet, Chigwell, Ilford, Dagenham, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bromley, Beckenham, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Richmond, Wimbledon and all the towns and villages between. Heavily illustrated with some 400 wood-engravings, including many images of buildings and villages never previously depicted. First published serially between 1882 and 1884.
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WALKER, R.J.B. (Richard John Boileau), 1916-2010 : OLD WESTMINSTER BRIDGE : THE BRIDGE OF FOOLS.
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1979). First edition. A fine and detailed study of the extraordinary events – faction, feud and controversy – surrounding the building of the first Westminster Bridge in the mid eighteenth century. With much on Antonio Canaletto, Sir Henry Fielding, Richard Graham, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Andrews Jelfe, Charles Labelye, Batty Langley, Thomas Lediard, etc.
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WARD, Charles H. – editor : THE BOOK OF WEST HAM : ITS OFFICIAL AND PUBLIC LIFE; RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL CENTRES; POLITICAL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS; RECREATION & SPORTS CLUBS; PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS GUIDE; MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, &C.
London : Official Publications Bureau, 1923. First edition. An extensively illustrated guide to every aspect of West Ham – at that time reckoned the country’s seventh largest town.
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WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 : ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1892. First edition. Montagu Williams Q.C., variously schoolmaster, soldier, actor, dramatist, journalist, leading barrister and police magistrate known in the East End as “the poor man’s magistrate”, with a fine series of lively essays (all based on true stories) portraying life across Victorian London – down east with East End Shows, Match Girls, Sclater Street Birds, Griddlers or Street Singers, the London Hospital, Clerkenwell Green, Ratcliff Highway, Sunday at the East End (including cricket in Bethnal Green), Burglarious Bill, From the East End to Ramsgate, etc. – and up west with Climbing the Ladder (enter plutocracy), Descending the Ladder, Modern Stockbrokers, Huckstering Hymen (the marriage market), the Company Promoter, Things Theatrical, Covent Garden, Floss and Floss (lawyers), the Road to Ruin, Moneylenders, Talent in Tatters, and the London Season. With a preface by Charles Dickens Jr.
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WILLIS, Frederick : A BOOK OF LONDON YESTERDAYS.
London : Phoenix House, (1960). First edition. Reminiscence of ordinary Londoners before the Great War from the broadcaster and journalist – “a reconstruction, based on my experience, of the life lived by the Little Man who crowded the streets, the trains, the buses, and trams; who applauded Irving and Ellen Terry, Dan Leno and Marie Lloyd ... He was as obscure as the other side of the moon, and the only time he got his name in the papers was in the casualty list of the first world war ...”. With an introduction by Herbert Morrison.
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WILSON, Aubrey, 1923-2009 : LONDON’S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE.
Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1967). First edition : the Readers’ Union issue, with its stickers on dust-jacket and title-page. An extraordinary pictorial record – with stunning photographs by Joseph McKeown (1925-2007) – of a lost landscape: a sewer gas lamp off the Strand; a pottery kiln in Kensington; a candle factory in Battersea; food-drying kilns in Lambeth; a margarine factory in Southall; a sealing-wax factory in Bermondsey; snuff mills at Morden; the Camden Town catacombs, and dozens of other relics of a once great hub of manufacturing.
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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : THE LONDON SCENE : FIVE ESSAYS.
London : Hogarth Press, (1982). First British edition. Essays on the London Docks, Oxford Street, Great Men’s Houses, London’s Abbeys and Cathedrals, and the House of Commons. Originally written for “Good Housekeeping” in 1931-1932 and previously only published in book form in an American limited edition.
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