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Book Profile and Revue: The A to Z of Edwardian London – Facsimile of Bacon’s Large Scale Atlas

This is a book profile, book revue and book value or valuation of The A to Z of Edwardian London which is a facsimile of George Washington Bacon's Large Scale Atlas of London and Suburbs, new enlarged and improved edition. Published by the London Topographical Society.
The cover shows a map of London during the early twentieth century

A beautiful large format book of maps, The A to Z of Edwardian London is a facsimile of George Washington Bacon's Large Scale Atlas of London and Suburbs, new enlarged and improved edition, originally edited by William Stanford. This facsimile edition has an introduction by M.H. Port and is edited by Ann Saunders. It was published by the London Topographical Society, founded in 1880 and now a registered charity in the UK.

  • Bound in the publisher's original dark blue cloth binding with a dust jacket featuring a map of London.
  • In this facsimile edition the maps are reproduced at almost full size and retain the original colouring.
  • Bacon's original maps enabled "the user to distinguish tram from omnibus routes and to pick out easily the topographical features."
  • Bacon's book was thought to have been published in 1912, two years after Edward VII died, but much of the surveying was done while Edward was on the throne.
The facsimile edition title page includes full credits for this edition

M.H. Port, who wrote the introduction to this edition, was born in England in 1930. He is a respected professor emeritus of Queen Mary and Westfield Colleges, University of London, where he was also a senior lecturer in history. With an interest in architecture, particularly during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, he has a number of literary credits.


Although an American, George Washington Bacon (1830-1922) set up a business on The Strand in London, England, in 1870. This was after a number of failed business enterprises. He was a mapmaker and publisher and his new business, known as G.W. Bacon and Co, gained a reputation for producing contemporary maps of London and its surrounds. Scottish map publisher W. & A.K. Johnston bought out G.W. Bacon and Co. around about 1900 and continued to use the Bacon brand until 1956.

Many double paged maps of London are included

Outline of Contents:


This facsimile edition of George Washington Bacon's Large Scale Atlas of London and Suburbs includes an extensive alphabetical list of over 20,000 street names "with additional road maps of the home counties and a series of thirteen special maps showing the different areas controlled by Government departments, local authorities and supply companies having statutory powers in and around the city and county of London."


There are a total of over fifty maps, many double page:


Contents:


Maps of the Home Counties

  • Berkshire
  • Buckingham
  • Essex
  • Hertford
  • Kent
  • Middlesex
  • Surrey

Special Maps of London:

  • The Port of London
  • Postal Districts
  • Police Divisions - Steam Railways
  • Water Supply
  • Electric Supply
  • Gas Supply - Underground Railway System
  • County Courts - Omnibus and Tram Routes
  • Police Courts
  • Petty Sessions
  • Parliamentary Divisions
  • Parliamentary and Metropolitan Boro's
  • Boroughs etc
  • Unions

Large Scale Plan of Central London

Index Map to Four-Inch Scale Sheets

Index to Streets

Four-Inch Scale Maps:

  • Finchley, Hendon, Mill Hill
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill, Wealdstone, Pinner, Stanmore, Edgware, Kenton
  • Hornsey, Wood Green, Southgate
  • Tottenham, Walthamstow, Chingford
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill, Wembly
  • Willesden, Hampstead, Cricklewood
  • Highgate, Islington, Kentish Town
  • Hackney, Stratford, Clapton, Leyton
  • Forest Gate, Wanstead, Ilford
  • Hanwell, Ealing, Brentford, Acton
  • Hammersmith, Paddington, Kensington
  • Westminster, City, Southwark
  • Bethnal Green, Poplar, Rotherhithe
  • Plaistow, Barking, North Woolwich
  • Kew, Richmond, Hounslow, Isleworth
  • Barnes, Fulham, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Battersea
  • Clapham, Brixton, Kennington, Lambeth
  • Peckham, Dulwich, Greenwich, Blackheath
  • Woolwich, Plumstead, Shooter's Hill
  • Twickenham, Kingston, Richmond Hill
  • Wimbledon, Merton
  • Balham, Tooting, Streatham, Norwood
  • Sydenham, Penge, Bromley
  • Bromley, Chislehurst, Foots Cray
  • Esher, Hampton Court, Surbiton
  • New Maldon, Cheam, Sutton
  • Croydon, Norwood, West Wickham, Shirley
  • Bromley, Hayes, Bickley
  • Esher, Hook, Claygate, Epsom, Oxshott
  • Carshalton, Sutton, Epsom
  • Wallington, Croydon, Beddington
  • West Wickham, Hayes, Addington, Selsdon Hill
  • Bromley Common, Keston, Farnborough

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The A-Z street index includes over 20,000 names

Book Details: The A to Z of Edwardian London


Title: The A to Z of Edwardian London - London Topographical Society Publication Number 166
Original Editor: William Stanford
This facsimile edition edited by: Ann Saunders
Published by: The London Topographical Society, 1st edition, 2007
Format: Large hardback with dust jacket
Pages: 170, including introductory text, street indexes and over fifty maps
Size Approx: 269x355mm
Approx weight: 1,672g

Map colourings and sizes are close to Bacon's originals

Estimated Value:


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The estimated value of the pictured copy of The A to Z of Edwardian London, which is in fine condition in a very good dust jacket, is £65