The Royal Automobile Club Official Map of Recommended Routes Into, Out of, Round and Across London.
1947 (dated) 29.5 x 33 in (74.93 x 83.82 cm)
1 : 63360
This is a stunning example of George Philip's 1947 folding pocket map of London and vicinity, England. It covers London and its neighborhoods in extensive detail. The map notes towns, counties, streets, parks, important buildings, railways, rivers, churches, gardens and several other topographical details. This map was prepared to indicate all routes, into, out of, across and around London, and notes bridges, canals, connecting roads, roads under construction, proposed roads, recommended exits and entrances and other important navigational information. A legend is included in the bottom margin. The map is accompanied by a 12 page booklet consisting of a street and place index. This is the official motoring map of Royal Automobile Club and is copyrighted by the George Philip & Sons Ltd.
George Philip (1800 - 1882) was a map publisher and cartographer active in the in the mid to late-19th century. Philip was born into a Calvinst family in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Around 1819 he apprenticed himself to William Grapel, a Liverpool printer and bookseller. Fifteen years later, in 1834, Philip founded his own Liverpool book and map firm. Philip's earliest cartographic ventures were mostly educational material issued in tandem with John Bartholomew Sr., August Petermann and William Hughes. In 1848 Philip admitted his son, George Philp Jr. (1823 - 1902) into the firm, redubbing it George Philip & Son Ltd. George Philip Jr. ran the firm until his death in 1902 by which time it had developed into a major publishing concern. His successors established the London Geographical Institute, a factory where they embraced modern printing techniques to produce thousands of economical and high quality maps. In April of 1988 George Philip & Son was acquired by Octopus Publishing, a branch of Reed International. Nonetheless, today the firm still trades and publishes as George Philip & Son.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original binder with a 12 page place index booklet.