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This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever come across. For anyone who knows London, or whose forbears came from London this is a must. Published in 1905, already the author is telling us that many wonderful places have been sacrificed to development - and has given us evocative watercolours to remind us of what has already vanished.
But even more fascinating from a contemporary perspective is the extraordinary changes that have been wrought on incredibly famous buildings.
For anyone who has seen 10 DOWNING STREET - the Prime Minister of London's official residence ... either on the news or in reality the change is absolutely mind boggling.
The painting of Cheyne Walk, currently one of the most expensive and prestigious addresses in London shows us that in 1887 there was a fish and chip there!!!
The text is fascinating - the whole thing a real eye opener.
Interior is in very good condition - the end papers and first page or so- are browned and there is a just a very little foxing.
The cloth cover is faded - blue always suffers - but the gilt is bright!.
There are xvi preliminary pages, 294 actual pages some adverts at the back - and the jewels of the book 75 colour plates with captioned tissue guards.
Measures 6 3/4 by 9 inches
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'LONDON Vanished & Vanishing' Antique 1st Ed 75 GORGEOUS Colour plates -watercolours - A & C Black 1905 Philip Norman
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