Lithographed in colours, 65 x 107 cm, some short splits along the folds but in good condition for a scarce and fragile item, details of fares, frequency and destinations on verso, folding into pictorial paper wraps.
The District Railway was one of the earliest underground lines: the stretch of track from South Kensington to Westminster was opened in 1868. The District company’s lines are shown in red, the Inner Circle Completion Line is shown in blue, other lines in black. The railways are superimposed on a detailed street plan of London extending to Ealing in the west. The front cover is illustrated with views of local landmarks, suggestive of leisure travel, surrounding a steam locomotive emerging from a tunnel – a reminder that travelling below London’s congested streets could also benefit the Victorian commuter. Our map is identical with the first edition, which appeared earlier in 1879, with the exception that the lithographer’s name is omitted. Hyde: Printed Maps of Victorian London, 176 (2).