Tape Indicator Map of London.
1910 24 x 35.5 in (60.96 x 90.17 cm)
This is an unusual large format folding pocket map of London printed in 1910 by C. Smith and Sons. Depicts the city of London in considerable detail with special attention to streets, railways and places of amusement. INdivudal buildings noted as are important piers and river crossings. Attached to a tape measure and street guide for identifying specific locations and distances. Folds into original linen binder.
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 mapseller 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 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.
Very good condition. Minor wear on original folds, else fine. Divided into 40 linen backed sections for easy folding.