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London A to Z - by John Metcalf & Edward Bawden & Peyton Skipwith (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 152

Genre: Travel

Sub-Genre: Europe

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Book theme: Great Britain

Author: John Metcalf & Edward Bawden & Peyton Skipwith

Language: English

Street Date: October 25, 2016
TCIN: 78709399
UPC: 9780500292471
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-4447

Description

First published in 1953, the year that saw thousands descend on London to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, London A to Z is a lexicon of the city's curiosities, from the Achilles statue in Hyde Park "erected by the women of England to honor (if not to resemble) the Duke of Wellington," via greyhound racing, lost property offices, and umbrellas, to zebra crossings (relative newcomers to London in 1953). Adorned throughout with Edward Bawden's beautiful and distinctive illustrations, this charmingly idiosyncratic guide brings to life with a dry humor the London and Londoners of the day.

More than sixty years have passed since the volume was first published and while many sights are now lost to time, readers may be surprised to find how this vintage guide continues to capture London's quirks. A new introduction places the original publication in context, drawing the reader into 1950s London via a brief tour of the book's most curious, nostalgic, and whimsical entries.

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