Pictorial Map of London.
1942 (undated) 19 x 29 in (48.26 x 73.66 cm)
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This is a wonderful World War II era city plan or pocket map of London published c.1942 by the Geographia Map Co. Ltd. It covers downtown London from the Hammersmith Bridge and Wormwood scrubs eastward past Hyde Park and Buckingham Place to Whitechapel Road and the London Docks. Although undated, the map marks the 'approximate area destroyed by enemy action 1940-1941' near Guildhall, dating this map to 1942 or the World War II. Unlike most English city plans of the period, this map replicates the pictorial style which popular in Paris during the early part of the 20th century.
The map features many of the buildings of London drawn in three dimensions. Gardens and parks are beautifully rendered in green with illustrations of ships sailing in the Thames River. Bridges, museums, cathedrals etc. are also identified. Insets in the lower right and lower left depict Theater land and Cinemas, respectively. Both insets detail individual establishments, as they existed at the time including the Regal, Marblearch Pavilion, The Palladium, the Hippodrome Theater and the Coliseum Theater, among many others. Notes stations on the London Underground. An index in the top left quadrant notes several places of interest. Printed in Holland by L. Van Leer and Co. and published in London by Geographia Map Co. Ltd.
Geographia, Ltd. was a London based cartographic publishing firm active from about 1910 until about 1985. The company was founded by Alexander Gross (1879-1958), a Hungarian immigrant to the United Kingdom. Geographia is best known for its folding pocket maps and globes. Later in the early 20th century, Geographia expanded with offices in New York at 11 John Street and issued a large corpus of U.S. focused maps and city plans. In the later part of the 1980s the firm was bought out by Harper Collins and continues to produces maps under the Collins Bartholomew imprint.
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Minor verso repair along edges. Manuscript writing in print over bottom margin, does not extend onto printed map. Minor spotting. Folds into original paper binder.