A large and attractive folding pocket format map of London England by C. Smith and son. This map is from the popular 'Tape Indicator' series that was published in numerous editions from the 1850 to the early 20th century. This beautiful large format map depicts the streets, waterways, trains and buildings of London in splendid hand colored detail. Folds into green linen binder with a stamped gilt title. Includes a 72 page booklet and street guide as well as the namesake 'Tape Indicator.' Dated along the bottom of the map, 1892.
Charles Smith (1768 - 1854) was 19th century British publisher of maps, atlases, and charts, most of which focused on England and London. Smith was appointed map seller to the Prince of Wales in 1809. His early work stylistically resembles the work of Pinkerton, Cary, and Thomson, though on a much smaller scale. From 1826 to 1854 the business traded as Charles Smith and Son. After Charles Smith's death in 1852 the it was taken over by his son William Smith, and later his grandson Guildford Smith (1838 - 1917), who continued to publish maps well into the 20th century. The younger Smith is best known for his introduction of the 'Tape Indicator Map'. This map, which came with a tape measure, enabled users to triangulate their location based coordinates given in an attached guide. The firm was taken over by George Philip in 1916.
Generally good condition. Minor damage along the original folds – see photo. Original linen backing in good condition. Green linen booklet fraying at spine, else good.