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BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John – publishers : CENTRAL LONDON ATLAS-GUIDE.
Edinburgh : The Geographical Institute, John Bartholomew & Son, 1956. Second edition. An attractive pocket atlas of London, with coloured sectional maps extending north to Highbury, eastwards to Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs, south to the Oval, and westwards to Hammersmith, on a scale of something over three inches to the mile. Complete with historical notes, notes on place names, population, museums and galleries, theatres, cinemas, clubs, hotels, restaurants, sports grounds, etc, etc. Also with plans of several major buildings, general maps of the Greater London area, the major approach roads, underground railways, and an extensive street index, etc. First published in 1951.
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BOWRING PETROLEUM CO. – publishers : MEX MOTOR SPIRIT MAP OF THE RIVER THAMES.
London : Bowring Petroleum Co., [ca.1917]. An attractive pocket atlas of the Thames, comprising a double-page general map and twenty-eight sectional maps covering the Thames from Westminster Bridge to Cricklade, with a further sectional map showing the Thames and Severn Canal as far as Trewsbury House near Kemble. Four pages of text add material on the 1914 Bye-Laws affecting motor launches and a brief history of Mex Motor Spirit – helping the allies to victory in “the present great War”.
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GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.
London : Geographia, . Eleventh edition, revised and extended. Originally published in 1930, but here revised and extended in scope, reaching out to Rickmansworth and Egham to the west; Radlett and Potters Bar to the north; Rainham and Dartford to the east, and Epsom and Purley to the south. Contents include a double-page key map, 210 fully indexed sectional maps in colour on a generous scale of three inches to the mile; six coloured sectional maps of the City and West End at over six inches to the mile; coloured double-page maps of the postal districts and the major roads; a map of the underground railway; and four endpaper maps of the theatres, cinemas, clubs and museums.
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POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.
London : printed by George E. Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1857. [Second edition]. London was first divided into postal districts in 1857-1858 to a plan devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 – a circle of roughly twelve miles radius from the General Post Office in St. Martin’s-le Grand being split into ten districts, "each to be treated, in many respects, as a separate town". The present alphabetical index and guide first appeared in 1856, but for this edition was furnished with maps of the districts, converting it into one of the very earliest London street atlases. A folding index map covers the whole area, followed by individual maps of the whole of the Eastern Central (EC) and Western Central (WC) districts, and further maps of the innermost portions of the Northern, North Eastern, Eastern, South Eastern, Southern, South Western, Western and North Western districts – these corresponding very roughly to the modern head districts – N1, E1, SE1, SW1, W1 and NW1. The North Eastern and Southern districts were abolished in the 1860s following a report by Anthony Trollope – hence no modern S or NE London postcodes.
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