Perambulations around London

Antique maps of the environs of London generate mixed emotions among dealers and collectors. When the extent is simply too broad – 21, 25 or even 30 miles round the capital – one can be left with the feeling that the detail of the built-up area has been sacrificed, without…

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The Avenger, not the octopus: Fred Rose’s other map of 1877

I was delighted to have the opportunity to purchase a scarce map by Fred Rose, one which offers a few insights into Rose’s intentions when he created his most well-known map, his Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877.The latter famously depicts Russia as an inhuman octopus menacing its neighbours, but I…

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