Best sellers

The ‘Rhinebeck’ Panorama of London, c.1810 with introductory notes by Ralph Hyde and keys by Peter Jackson. The Society's all time best seller. Four colour sheets plus three sheets of introduction and keys, in folder. Publication no 125 (1981). £20. For more information, click here.

To order please email the Treasurer (roger.cline13@gmail.com) to ascertain postage charges.

The ‘Rhinebeck’ Panorama of London, c.1810


Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889
 with introduction by Dr David Reeder. Booth documented London's social structure in his maps, which were issued in 1889-91. He used a system of colour coding to identify the inhabitants of each street, ranging from the richest to the poor and criminal. Four map sheets in full colour, plus two sheets of introduction, in folder. Publication no 130 (1984). £20.

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Charles Booth's Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889


The A to Z of Victorian London
 with introductory notes by Ralph Hyde. Reproduced from Bacon’s 1888 Large- Scale Ordnance Atlas of London and Suburbs. 34 nine inch per mile sheets extending Wormwood Scrubs-West Ham; Crouch End-Herne Hill; and 24 four inch per mile sheets extending Twickenham-Sidcup; Palmer's Green-Croydon with keys and index. Hardback, 140pp. Publication no 136 (1987). £26.

The A to Z of Victorian London

Devastated London; the Bombed City as seen from a Barrage Balloon by Cecil Brown, 1945. With notes by Ralph Hyde. Single sheet, folded as a map. Publication no 142 (1990). £5.

 

A Map of the Ecclesiastical Divisions within the County of London 1903. The map shows all Church of England parish boundaries in the London County Council area on a scale of 2 miles to the inch. Facsimile, printed in colour and folded in a case with brief introduction by Simon Morris. Approximate extent: Highgate to Streatham; Hammersmith to Isle of Dogs. Publication no 155 (1999). £5.

 

The A to Z of Edwardian London with introductory notes by Professor Michael Port. Based on Bacon's Atlas of London and Suburbs 1912, with map pages in full colour. Publication no 166 (2007). £30.

The A to Z of Edwardian London

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Publications Nos 1–85, 87–96, 100, 104–107, 110–114, 143, 148, 159, 164.

London Topographical Record Nos 1–13, 15–21 and 25 are out of print.

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–45. Atlas of over 100 detailed maps printed in colour, with 22-page introduction by Dr Robin Woolven. The maps cover an irregular area which extends roughly from Hammersmith to Woolwich and from Highgate to Sydenham. Large-format hardback, published jointly with London Metropolitan Archives. Publication no 164 (2005).
The LTS edition is out of print. A different facsimile edition of the maps has been published by London Metropolitan Archives

 

The Rhinebeck Panorama

The Rhinebeck panorama is a magnificent four-sheet watercolour drawing of London, about eight feet long. It was discovered in 1940 in a barrel by a Canadian lady clearing out the attic of her uncle's house in Rhinebeck, New York state.

Drawn about 1810, the panorama gives a detailed vista of London. The City of London and Southwark are in the foreground and the scene extends as far as Richmond, with Windsor Castle visible on the horizon. The towers and spires of Wren's city churches stand out above the surrounding houses and offices, as do St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, shot towers, windmills and palaces.

The Thames is full of shipping, horse-drawn traffic streams over the nearby bridges, and everywhere there is lively incident, including a fire, a funeral and a military salute. Although the artist seems to have been more interested in providing an entertaining spectacle than an absolutely accurate picture, and some detail has been lost through damage to the sheets’ edges, the panorama offers a marvellously lively representation of what it was like to be in London nearly 200 years ago.

The original Rhinebeck panorama was auctioned at Sotheby’s on 9 June 1998 and bought by the Museum of London for over £200,000. Our three-quarter sized reproduction – also on four sheets and in full colour – is available for a rather more modest £20. It was a sensational success when we first published it in 1981, thanks to a front page story in The Times, and it has remained one of our best sellers ever since.

Our version also offers keys to identify the most important buildings, drawn by the Society’s chairman at the time, Peter Jackson. And there is a scholarly introduction by Ralph Hyde, retired Keeper of Prints and Maps at the Guildhall Library and the leading expert on early topographical panoramas.