The map and the men who made it
This map of London and its environs, created from Ordnance Survey maps, is adapted for cyclists by colouring the best roads for cycling in red and thoughtfully marking hazards such as dangerous hills.
The original Letts firm – well established stationers, map and diary makers – went bankrupt in the 1880s and the rights to the maps were bought by Mason & Payne, who continued to issue them under the original Letts branding. Charles Letts founded a new firm specialising in diaries, but made no attempt to re-enter the map market.
Condition & materials
Folding lithographed map, 59.5 x 77 cm, printed in colours, dissected into 32 panels and laid on linen, folding into brown publisher’s cloth covers, blocked in gilt with title and an image of a penny farthing bicycle.