Title: London Vanished and Vanishing >>>>DE LUXE ...
Publisher: London: Adam & Charles Black
Publication Date: 1905
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
De Luxe Limited Edition. Number 106 of 250 copies. Numbered and signed by author, Philip Norman. Numbered Limited Edition. 75 Colour Illustrations. Full Cream Cloth Binding. Top edge gilt. Silk bookmarker. Binding somewhat marked and handled but complete, spine a little darened by handling. Hinges firm and binding quite solid and true. Front and back endpapers and half title foxed. Contains a wealth of information on various aspects of the history of London and its buildings. Beautifully illustrated, the author takes the reader on a tour of the buildings that began to vanish from the city at the turn of the 19th century. The following passage is taken from the preface: 'The writer, for many years, has employed his spare time in examining those older portions of London which have now been to a great extent ""improved"" away; he has visited them again and again, making notes on the spot, with brush and pencil, of picturesque buildings, threatened with destruction. He has also hunted up old documents relating to them, and has carefully checked any statements on the subject by previous writers. The result of what has been to him a labour of love may perhaps have interest, even value, for the public. This must be his excuse for adding to the already long list of publications on old London. The buildings alluded to in this work are widely scattered: they must be looked upon as a selection only of what we are losing, for in no single volume is there space, and no man alone can have had time and energy, to deal with a tithe of the interesting structures, from Mile End to Hammersmith, which either still drag on a precarious existence or have not long passed away. The letterpress is divided into chapters, beginning with the east and south east, progress being made by easy stages to the west, so that what has been written takes more or less the form of an itinerary, but the requirements of the subject make it impossible to follow absolutely any fixed plan.' Formerly owned by John Robert Halcrow, of Two Chimneys, 1 The Beacons, Goldings, Manor Estate, Loughton, Essex. Died 23rd May 1991. Halcrow's engraved (by A.G.Law.Samson) bookplate (at front) and ownership signature (back). Halcrow compiled the book "An Album of Printed Views of Essex London" in 1950 comprising local views.