Railway Clearing House Map of LondonSKU: 9449
Railway Clearing House Map of London
Date of publication:
103 x 129 cm sheet size
Official Railway Map of London and its environs
The Railway Clearing House allocated revenue on occasions where one company’s train ran over another’s track, and promoted standardisation (of everything, from time to rolling stock) across the network. From the 1870s, Clearing House employee John Airey produced a superb series of ‘official’ railway maps, which were printed in relatively small runs (typically 100-500 copies) for use by railway staff rather than distribution to passengers.
In 1895 the Clearing House bought Airey’s business, and the first map to be re-engraved was this one, of London and environs. It was prepared by the same engravers and in the same style, but by using a zinc plate rather than a lithographic stone the publishers were able to produce a map which was much larger than its predecessor. This is the first state of a map which was revised and updated for over 30 years.
Condition & Materials
Folding map, sheet size 103 x 129 cm, drawn and engraved by John and William Emslie, dissected into 45 panels and laid on linen, some slight discolouration to one panel (upper left), folding into publisher’s leather covers, rubbed, rebacked in black cloth, lettered direct.
Hyde, Printed Maps of Victorian London 308 (1).