11 Jun 2012

The Times Atlas of London - Souvenir Edition

The story of a great city through maps, history and culture

This new reduced format, 2012 souvenir edition of the definitive London guide has just been published.

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” (Samuel Johnson, 1773)

Times Atlas of London
The Times Atlas of London, by Collins Bartholomew Ltd, published by Times Books, maps the story of the capital from its humble beginnings to the megacity it is today. It charts London’s highs and lows through maps, rarely seen photographs, text, statistics, archive images, and historical accounts. For local Londoners, tourists, and general readers wanting to find out what lies above and beneath the surface of this great city, The Times Atlas of London is the perfect place to start.

This book uses the most effective way possible of showing how London has grown and changed over time – by cartography – or simply, through maps. For over 750 years, mapmakers have been portraying the changing face of London. Beautiful, iconic and historical maps are used throughout the book. The Mapping London section has a number of classic map representations starting with Matthew Paris’s 1250 idealized map (the first showing London) and including Braun and Hogenberg’s 1572 map (the oldest surviving map of the capital), Charles Booth’s 1889 poverty map, Harry Beck’s 1933 London Underground map, Soviet topographic map, 1982 to the present day mapping from the Collins Greater London Street Atlas.

The historic maps are reinforced by dramatic Victorian panoramas - these ‘Historic Views’ over London from 1846 and 1859 give an angled, isometric, birds-eye view over the city in a display mode we are so familiar with today when looking at aerial photography on the internet.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The book, however, contains much more besides maps, it includes: A section that places London in the context of its physical, economic and demographic position. An illustrated chronology of London charting its remarkable history with timelines by theme. A comprehensive borough-by-borough guide (with statistics, photographs, maps, famous places and people) showing how each district has developed over the years. The fascinating ‘before and after’ sections pick out well known areas of London such as the Greenwich Peninsula, Isle of Dogs, Docklands and Wembley stadium and uses aerial photos and maps to illustrate how they have been transformed.

Interwoven with the above information are a number of thematic spreads covering the usual subjects such as People, Museums, the Thames and London Place Names, but also includes more unusual topics such as Football in London, Cemeteries, Haunted London and Wansted House (a lost building).

The Times Atlas of London will allow you to immerse yourself in the rich history of the city, as well as navigate the streets in the present day; it is an indispensable guide and compendium for anyone looking to visit the capital as it prepares to host the Olympic Games of 2012.

The Times Atlas of London published 7 June 2012, ISBN 978-0-00-747878-1, hardback, 227x186 mm, RRP £25
Also available in large format: ISBN: 978-0-00-743422-0 RRP £50
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