London, Revised and Corrected to the Present Time by E. Walford, M.A. Charles KNIGHT.

London, Revised and Corrected to the Present Time by E. Walford, M.A.

London: Virtue and Company, circa 1875.

Three thick quarto volumes, engraved vignettes, full page plates, page-edges gilt; in contemporary red morocco gilt, flat spines elaborately gilt, cloth boards marked.

Beautifully illustrated collection of essays on the history of London bound in ornate handsome contemporary gilt decorated red morocco. In addition to hundreds of charming engraved vignettes the set includes a large number of fine and beautifully composed steel engraved plates specially commissioned for the work.

Beautifully illustrated collection of essays on the history of London bound in ornate handsome contemporary gilt decorated red morocco. In addition to hundreds of charming engraved vignettes the set includes a large number of fine and beautifully composed steel engraved plates specially commissioned for the work.
Charles Knight (1791-1873) was one of the most prolific and industrious English publishers of the nineteenth-century. The magisterial six volume London remains one of his most ambitious projects, rivalling the scale and complexity of his widely acclaimed English Cyclopaedia. Knight was the son of a printer who went on to study journalism after completing training with his father. This combination of writing finesse and publishing canniness allowed Knight to publish engaging and learned works for a popular audience in attractive editions at modest prices.
London in six volumes is a comprehensive series of articles on the history of the city, incorporating a wide range of themes. A small selection of the articles include: relics at the East India House, old London booksellers, gardens of the Zoological society, surgical hospitals and lunatic asylums in the past, history of Jewish inhabitants of the city, the Royal Exchange and the South Sea House, famous Astrologers and the Royal Observatory, the Foundling hospital and very much more.

Price (AUD): $1,475.00  other currencies     Ref: #3905154

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