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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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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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BENEDETTA, Mary : THE STREET MARKETS OF LONDON.
London : John Miles, 1936. First edition. An extraordinary evocation of inter-war London – the buzzing street markets described and pictured with stunning photographs by László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), the Hungarian master. Petticoat Lane, Leather Lane, Farringdon Street, Strutton Ground, Brixton, North End Road, Choumert Road, Berwick Market, New Cut, Lewisham, Lavender Hill, Rye Lane, Battersea, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Club Row, Hildreth Street, East Street, Portobello, Hoxton Street, Chiswick, Ridley Road, Kingston-on-Thames, Caledonian Market, Warwick Street and more, with additional chapters on junk merchants, silver kings, and antique dealers, and photographs too of Billingsgate and Covent Garden.
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BENNETT, Charles (Charles Henry), 1829-1867 : LONDON PEOPLE : SKETCHED FROM LIFE.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1863. First edition. Essays and sketches of Londoners “designed to exhibit faithful delineations of physiognomies characteristic of London people as they appear, not aiming at humorous exaggeration on the one hand or at ideal grace on the other. The faces and figures were drawn from life in every instance”. The Londoners of the law-courts, with judge, jury, attorneys, etc.; the Londoners of the railway excursion; the Londoners of the theatre; the Londoners of Covent Garden Market; the Londoners of a working-class court; and the Londoners of Belgravia. Most of the material originally appeared in the “Cornhill Magazine”, with the text of three of the six essays written by John Hollingshead (1827-1904).
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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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BLOOM, J. Harvey (James Harvey), 1860-1943 : BYGONE BALHAM AND TOOTING BEC.
London : Mitchell Hughes & Clarke, 1926. First edition. History and anecdote relating to the area, nicely illustrated by the author, James Harvey Bloom – parson, antiquary, Shakespearian scholar, and father of the novelist, Ursula Bloom.
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BLOOM, J. Harvey (James Harvey), 1860-1943 : BYGONE STREATHAM.
London : Mitchell Hughes & Clarke, 1926. First edition. History and anecdote relating to the area, nicely illustrated by the author, James Harvey Bloom – parson, antiquary, Shakespearian scholar, and father of the novelist, Ursula Bloom.
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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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BURKE, Thomas (Sidney Thomas), 1887-1945 : NIGHTS IN TOWN.
London : George Allen & Unwin, (1917). A reprint of the original 1915 edition of Burke’s splendid evocation of nocturnal London – a Chinese night in Limehouse, a domestic night in Clapham Common, a lonely night on the Kingsland Road, a Jewish night in Whitechapel, a happy night in Surbiton and Battersea, a worker’s night on the Isle of Dogs, a French night in Old Compton Street, an Italian night in Clerkenwell, a basher’s night in Hoxton, an art night in Chelsea, a Russian night in Stepney – and much else besides.
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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CRUIKSHANK, George, 1792-1878 – illustrator : SINKS OF LONDON LAID OPEN : A POCKET COMPANION FOR THE UNINITIATED, TO WHICH IS ADDED A MODERN FLASH DICTIONARY CONTAINING ALL THE CANT WORDS, SLANG TERMS, AND FLASH PHRASES NOW IN VOGUE ...
London : J. Duncombe, 1848 [but later]. A late nineteenth-century facsimile of the edition published by John Duncombe (1791-1853) in 1848, although the book itself, as “A Peep into the Holy Land, or, Sinks of London Laid Open”, had first appeared in the 1820s. A classic exposé of the dark side of life in the capital – “A True Picture of London Life, Cadging Made Easy, the He-She Man, Doings of the Modern Greeks, Snooking Kens Depicted, the Common Lodging-House Gallants, Lessons to Lovers of Dice, The Gaming Table”, etc. The fascinating “Flash Dictionary” runs to thirty-six pages at the end of the work, followed by a list of the sixty orders of “prime coves” – rum-bubbers, groaners, duffers, twirlers, gammoners, knackers, priggers, gaggers, dragsmen, bloods, and all the rest.
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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] : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1894-1895. SIXTEENTH YEAR.) : AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.
London : For the Proprietors by J. Smith, (1894). The sixteenth appearance of this splendidly informal handbook produced by the younger Charles Dickens, eldest son of the novelist. Sixteen pages of maps are followed by a mass of detailed, practical and sometimes quirky information – a calendar of historical and forthcoming events (May 1894 to April 1895), athletics, auctions, banks, bargains, beggars, bicycling, bohemia, bricabrac, cabs, chess clubs, chops and steaks, dog stealers, fish dinners, fogs, football, hospitals, hotels, ladies shopping, lodgings, maps, newspapers, nuisances, omnibus routes and colours, poultry and fancy fowls, railways, restaurants, servants, sharpers, shoeblacks, Sundays, suppers, vegetarian restaurants, etc. With an extensive table of distances.
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[DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896] : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF LONDON, 1895-1896. (SEVENTEENTH YEAR.) : AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.
London : For the Proprietors by J. Smith, (1895). The seventeenth and penultimate appearance of this splendidly informal handbook produced by the younger Charles Dickens, eldest son of the novelist. Sixteen pages of maps are followed by a mass of detailed, practical and sometimes quirky information – a calendar of historical and forthcoming events from May 1895 to April 1896, advertising, amusements, analysts, ashes, athletics, auctions, banks, bargains, baths, beggars, bicycling, billiards, bill-posting, bohemia, boxing, bricabrac, cabs, charities, chops and steaks, churches, clubs, concerts, cooking schools, co-operative stores, cricket, dog stealers, dress, excursions, fish dinners, flats, fogs, football, gas, horses and carriages, hospitals, hotels, illuminations, jews, ladies shopping, libraries, lodgings, maps, markets, messengers, milk, museums, newspapers, nuisances, nurses, omnibus routes and colours, oysters, postal regulations, poultry and fancy fowls, private wires, racing, railways, restaurants, sea-water baths, servants, sharpers, shoeblacks, Sundays, suppers, theatres, tourist agencies, tramways, vegetarian restaurants, etc., with an appendix on the principal amusements, distance-tables, and some attractive contemporary advertisements.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles Culliford Boz), 1837-1896 : DICKENS’S DICTIONARY OF THE THAMES, FROM ITS SOURCE TO THE NORE. 1892. AN UNCONVENTIONAL HANDBOOK.
London : Charles Dickens & Evans, 1892. The 1892 version of this annual production published between 1880 and 1895. A lively and absorbing dictionary of all matters Thames, with entries for the fish, towns, bridges, villages, inns and sites of interest, as well angling, boat, rowing, swimming and yacht clubs; barbels; barges; buoys; crimps; explosives; legal quays; lights; petroleum; picnics; police; punting; regattas; smuggling; steamboats; swan-upping; tide-tables, and much else besides, including a rich variety of contemporary advertisements.
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DITCHFIELD, P.H. (Peter Hampson), 1854-1930 : LONDON SURVIVALS : A RECORD OF THE OLD BUILDINGS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF THE CITY.
London : Methuen & Co., (1914). First edition. A splendidly produced and illustrated survey of “the treasures of beauty and antiquity that still survive in the City of London ... these relics should be seen, sketched, and described before they disappear”. With chapters on the oldest remains, the pre-reformation churches, the Wren churches, the Charterhouse, St. John’s Clerkenwell and Austin Friars, the Inns of Court, City palaces and houses, the City Companies, the London signs, and the river.
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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”.
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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FEARNSIDE, William Gray, 1798-1838 – editor : THE HISTORY OF LONDON : ILLUSTRATED BY VIEWS IN LONDON AND WESTMINSTER, ENGRAVED BY JOHN WOODS ...
London : Orr & Co.; Simpkin Marshall & Co. & others, 1838. First edition. A discursive history of London, with some out of the way figures on historic prices, etc., the text acting as a vehicle to accompany the splendid steel-engraved plates, engraved by John Woods (fl.1835-1855) and others from the drawings of Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), Robert Garland, John Francis Salmon, Francis William Topham, Edward John Roberts, etc. Alongside views of the well-known buildings – Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, Mansion House, Somerset House, etc., there are some fine street scenes of Cheapside, Leadenhall Street, King William Street, etc., as well as views of the West India Dock, Billingsgate, etc. Originally published in monthly parts from June 1837, the text was continued after Fearnside’s early death by Thomas Harral (1773?-1853). “A most useful visual account of the London scene in the year of Queen Victoria’s accession ... the plates ... are of high quality” (Bernard Adams).
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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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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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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 : UNSENTIMENTAL JOURNEYS : OR, BYWAYS OF THE MODERN BABYLON.
London : Ward, Lock, & Tyler, 1872. Second edition. Powerful sketches of London life at the extremes from the campaigning journalist, James Greenwood – “The Lambeth Casual” – At the Hospital Gate; Newgate Market; A Dog Show; Concerning Muffins; The Bones of London; Christmas Eve in Brick Lane; The Leather Market; Watercresses; The Song-Bird Market; The Gleaners of the Thames Bank; The Halfpenny Barber, etc. First published in 1867. “Mr. Greenwood gives us some thirty of his clever sketches, made on the spot and from life, in the dark recesses of the metropolis ... One word as to the style of Mr. Greenwood’s narrative – it is excellent. Graphic and homely, it goes straight home” (The Globe, 14th December 1867).
(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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HARRIS, John, 1756-1846 – publisher : THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF THE CITY OF LONDON DESCRIBED.
London : John Harris, 1831. First edition. A charming illustrated pocket volume in the Harris “Little Library” series of familiar introductions to “various branches of useful knowledge”, intended, like most of the Harris output, for younger readers. Alongside the more familiar city landmarks – St. Paul’s, the Tower, the Royal Exchange, etc. – there is material on St. Paul’s School, Farringdon Market, Smithfield, the Docks, Wapping, the Thames Tunnel, etc.
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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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HOWITT, William, 1792-1879 : THE NORTHERN HEIGHTS OF LONDON : OR HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS OF HAMPSTEAD, HIGHGATE, MUSWELL HILL, HORNSEY, AND ISLINGTON.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1869. First edition. An attractive and discursive social history, with much material on local writers and artists – Hampstead, Highgate and Islington – with good material also on Belsize, Canonbury, Frognal, Highbury, Hornsey, Kilburn Priory, Muswell Hill, Newington Green, Primrose Hill, the Wells and Spas, 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.
JACKSON, Stanley : AN INDISCREET GUIDE TO SOHO.
London : Muse Arts, . First edition. “Soho lost a few teeth in the Blitz and her cheeks are a little sunken but she still speaks with the same authentic accent” – a vibrant portrait of 1940s Soho by a popular journalist – the whirligig of restaurants, clubs and joints, wide boys, spivs, dippers, steamers, and so much else. “There really are two Wardour Streets; one smokes cigars and the other Woodbines”.
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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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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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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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“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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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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MORRISON, John & BURDEKIN, Harold (Harold Benjamin), 1899-1944 : LONDON NIGHT.
London : Collins, 1934. A December 1934 reprint of the original October 1934 publication – “She is mystery, fantasy, dream, the unsolved riddle, the unguessed secret” – fifty haunting photographs of London at night by Harold Burdekin, the greatly gifted photographer killed in the Blitz, with a lyrical introduction by the novelist John Morrison.
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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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PARSONS, Thomas, 1838-1926 : THE CHRONICLES OF CLAPHAM (CLAPHAM COMMON) : BEING A SELECTION FROM THE REMINISCENCES OF THOMAS PARSONS, SOMETIME MEMBER OF THE CLAPHAM ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY; TOGETHER WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DRAWINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS, AND AN INTRODUCTION & SUNDRY ADDITIONS IN THE FORM OF APPENDICES BY J. H. MICHAEL BURGESS. F.R.G.S.
London : privately printed by A. V. Huckle & Son, The Ramsden Press, (1929). First edition. A well-illustrated and very attractively produced tour of Clapham and its older houses, former residents, etc., with appendices including material on the Windmill Inn, sports and pastimes – cricket, golf, etc., the ponds, the flora and fauna, the geology, fossils, the wells, etc. Neatly inserted is a single page typed letter on headed notepaper, signed by the editor J. H. Michael Burgess, thanking the recipient for ordering a copy of the book, etc.
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PENNANT, Thomas, 1726-1798 : THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF LONDON.
London : for J. Coxhead, 1813. A slightly revised and fully illustrated version of Pennant’s “Some Account of London”, originally published in 1790 – a popular London history compiled by the Welsh naturalist and traveller – “much more palatable than the usual antiquarian stodge” (Adams). Pennant’s discursive approach, “composed from the observations of perhaps half my life”, takes in a variety of topics, including antiquities, archery, bagnios, breweries, burials, coffins, duels, fires, wines and much else.
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, Hugh, 1886-1972 : MID-GEORGIAN LONDON : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND SOCIAL SURVEY OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN LONDON ABOUT 1750.
London : Colllins, 1964. First edition. The culmination of Phillips’ extraordinary thirty-year trawl through the parish rate books, the land register, the crown lease book, the licensing records, the insurance documents and the early poll books – building up to more or less a house-by-house reconstruction of large parts of the eighteenth century West End – Berkeley Square, Cavendish Square, Charing Cross, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Holborn, Leicester Square, Red Lion Square, St. James, St. Martin’s Lane, Soho Square, the Strand, etc.
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PHILLIPS, Hugh, 1886-1972 : THE THAMES ABOUT 1750.
London : Collins, 1951. First edition. A magisterial and copiously illustrated survey of the topographical and social history of the London river-front in the mid-eighteenth century. The area covered runs from Woolwich round to Hampton Court via the City and Westminster.
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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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[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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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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SALA, George Augustus, 1828-1895 : TWICE ROUND THE CLOCK; OR THE HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT IN LONDON.
London : Houlston & Wright, . First edition. Vivid sketches of London life, hour by hour – Billingsgate Market at 4 a.m., printing The Times at 5, Covent Garden Market at 6, and so on through the day – commuters, in court, a fashionable marriage, the London Docks, auctions, clubs, a theatrical green room, etc., until a late debate in the House of Commons, a Bal Masque, and Bow Street police station in the early hours of the morning round off the day. “London scenes of every kind, and London people of every grade, he knows thoroughly; indeed, more remarkable even than the microscopic accuracy of his descriptions is the universality of the knowledge which enables him to describe ... he has thoroughly dissected London life, and taken up and laid bare the minutest artery” (Illustrated Times, 29th October 1859).
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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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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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STOKES, Alfred, 1872-1943 : EAST HAM : FROM VILLAGE TO CORPORATE TOWN.
London : for the Author, by Wilson & Whitworth, (1920). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author. An extensive and unusually detailed history, particularly strong on the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century corporate history. Stokes, originally a house-builder and estate agent, was chairman of the public health committee in 1918 and to become mayor of East Ham in 1921.
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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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THORNBURY, Walter, 1828-1876 : HAUNTED LONDON.
London : Hurst & Blackett, 1865. First edition. “This book deals not so much with the London of the ghost-stories ... as with the London consecrated by manifold traditions – a city every street and alley of which teems with interesting associations, every paving-stone of which marks, as it were, the abiding-place of some ancient legend or biographical story; in short this London of the present haunted by the memories of the past”. With separate chapters on Charing Cross, Drury Lane, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Long Acre, St. Giles, St. Martin’s Lane, the Savoy, Somerset House, the Strand, Temple Bar, etc., and a fund of out-of-the-way anecdote of Londoners past.
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THORNE, James, 1815-1881 : HANDBOOK TO THE ENVIRONS OF LONDON, ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE, AND OF ALL PLACES OF INTEREST, WITHIN A CIRCLE OF TWENTY MILES ROUND LONDON.
London : John Murray, 1876. First edition. A very useful dictionary, based on personal visits, of what are now the London suburbs – from Abbey Wood to Yiewsley, with short histories, notes on the principal buildings, population figures, etc. “Until now ... there has been nothing approaching Mr. Thorne’s work in fulness of detail or convenience of arrangement. If Londoners remain any longer ignorant of the many attractive spots that are still to be found just beyond their own doors, it will not be for want of pleasant and trustworthy guidance” (Pall Mall Gazette, 16th February 1877).
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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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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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WHEATLEY, Henry B. (Henry Benjamin), 1838-1917 : LONDON PAST AND PRESENT : ITS HISTORY, ASSOCIATIONS, AND TRADITIONS.
London : John Murray, 1891. First edition. A monumental dictionary of London from the well-known Abbey Road, and Abbey Street, Bermondsey, to the Yorkshire Stingo and the Zoo. “There is scarcely an unregarded, shabby-genteel street in Bloomsbury, or Chelsea, or Clerkenwell which has not its shred of history or literature connected with it” (London Evening Standard, 5th February 1891). Ostensibly based on Peter Cunningham’s “Handbook of London” (1849), but so far extended and updated as to be essentially a new work.
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WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 : ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1892. [Second edition]. Montagu Williams Q.C., leading barrister, known in the East End as “the poor man’s magistrate”, and variously schoolmaster, soldier, actor, dramatist and journalist, 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 & 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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