Auction 126, Lot 469

"Indicator Map of London Divided Into Quarter Mile Squares...", Smith & Son

Subject: England, London

Period: 1888 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

29 x 19 inches
73.7 x 48.3 cm

A very detailed and unusual folding pocket map with a built-in cloth tape measure attached at left for measuring distances throughout the city in quarter mile segments. It spans from West Kensington to Deptford in the south and from Kilburn to Hackney in the north. This unique folding map uses the numbered tape and numbers on the map edge to find locations using the street index. The tape also serves to make opening the folding map an easy operation. This example is linen-backed, and folds into embossed green cloth covered boards with black decorative touches and gilt title. The 56 pp. Visitor's Guide contains everything the visitor to London needed to navigate the city, including a formula for figuring cab fares.


Condition: A

This pocket map is near fine with just a little toning on map from the cloth 1/4 mile tape. With a little rust on staples holding the booklet to the cover. Covers and Visitor's Guide are mint.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/3/2008