5 folding map sheets, total area approx 141 x 220 cm, dissected into panels and laid on linen, comprising NW, NE, SW and SE London sheets (each 70.5 x 85 cm and dissected into 15 panels) and an Eastern extension, 141 x 50 cm, dissected into 18 panels, printed in colours, one or two marginal annotations in ink or pencil. Folding into original black publisher’s book box, covered in grained roan and lettered direct in gilt, worn with some neat restoration.
This new edition of Stanford’s map was advertised in a variety of formats, priced between 15 shillings and 8 pounds; our example would have cost 45 shillings when new (as per an advertisement in the Morning Post, March 8 1906).
A contemporary reviewer waxed lyrical: “How wonderful has been the growth and the development of the metropolis could not be better brought home to the imagination than by the new map of the County of London prepared by Mr. Edward Stanford. It is model of chartography, accurately constructed, and so admirably illustrated by strong contrasts in colour and type to be almost pictorial… One is struck… with the great expanses of open ground there are left within the confines of the county, mostly secured to the use of the public for ever, fortunately! Among them is the new Springfield Park at Clapton, duly noted and described” (Pall Mall Gazette, 21 August 1905).