The A to Z of Edwardian London 1912
[Ed.] Saunders, A. The A to Z of Edwardian London. With an Introduction by M. H. Port. London, 2007. 169 pages. Cloth, jacket. The A to Z series of London consists in total of seven books which provide fully-indexed maps of London at roughly 100 year intervals. Each book reproduces a key map of the period with comprehensive indexes which allow users to identify the locations of streets, buildings and in some cases small courts and alleys used at the time. A fascinating series of books which will appeal to anyone interested in the social/political history and development of London. Between the 1888 and c.1912 editions of Bacon’s New Large-Scale Ordance Atlas of London & Suburbs, Greater London grew more than 28 per cent in population and the area loosely termed ‘London’ expanded similarly. Requiring 34 sheets at 4 inches to the mile instead of 25, the later edition (surveyed in the closing years of King Edward VII’s reign), now reproduced here almost at full size and in colour, enables the user to distinguish tram from omnibus routes and to pick out easily the topographical features. Other maps, showing utilities and administrative areas, exhibit the structures of the world’s then largest city.