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Allen, Thomas

The panorama of London, and visitor’s pocket companion, in a tour through the metropolis. Illustrated by numerous engravings, by J.Rogers.

London, G.Virtue 1830.

Reference: 15159
Price: £120 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Engraved title leaf, title leaf, contents leaf, engraved folding map, leaf with key to folding map, 318 + (6)pp, (71) engraved plates, large folding engraved map (at end of volume). Contemporary quarter green morocco, marbled boards. Ink ownership inscription of Mrs Potter, July 1830. Recently Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel. Smaller engraved folding map slightly marked and browned, the larger engraved folding map repaired for tears at folds, but the engraved plates in general are in good condition, with only very slight browning at their outer blank edges.

The most extensively illustrated guide book to London of its time, useful for the illustrations that it provides of a number of buildings that are unfamiliar, e.g. the Commercial Sale Rooms in Mincing Lane, and of other buildings or structures that were then newly constructed, e.g. Hammersmith Suspension Bridge. See Adams, London Illustrated 1604-1851, no.162, for a detailed collation of the volume’s plates (which he seems however to have miscounted, their total, excluding the frontispiece, being 71, rather than 72, on Adams’s own listing). It is also not clear that the account that Adams gives of the chronology of the book’s publication is necessarily correct, since the present copy carries an ownership inscription of July 1830, necessarily dating this issue of Allen’s volume by the publisher George Virtue no earlier than July in that year.