PANORAMAS OF LOST LONDONPHILIP DAVIES Book Number: 92792 Product format: Hardback
Published in association with English Heritage and with a foreword by Dan Cruikshank, here are over 300 spectacular photographs of London's lost buildings from English Heritage's archive and a detailed view of the city's lost heritage, its social and economic history, work, wealth, poverty and change during the years 1870-1945. Philip Davies's bestselling Lost London was described in the Sunday Times as 'A haunting portal into the bygone life of the capital.' Now some of the books finest photographs have been enlarged to poster size revealing the true quality. There are 100 previously unseen images in this new, larger landscape format tome. It reproduces historic photographs commissioned by the London County Council, many of them in the early days of photography, to capture individual buildings and streets that along with entire neighbourhoods were on the threshold of redevelopment. Haunting faces can be seen very clearly in windows and hoardings and shop fronts plastered with advertising reveal their wares and architectural features and textures leap into focus. Take the tram to Aldwych 1932, see Sir Christopher Wren's Court Room with its fine vaulted ceiling and fluted Corinthian screen, and see numbers 24-26 Jacob Street Bermondsey circa 1910, long before Bibliophile moved there in 1984! Almshouses, the ship's chandler in Limehouse, a street in Wapping 1906 with all the children lined up, many stunned at the sight of a camera, hovels in Millbank 1906 before demolition and the Blewcoate School, Westminster 1910. Glamorous interiors, shops, docks and wharves, markets and horse drawn fire engines with helmeted firemen, advertising and groups of curious somewhat ghostly onlookers staring the unusual sight of a camera. 16.25" x 11.5". The ultimate coffee table book, this cannot come highly recommended enough . 320 pages, over 300 spectacular photographs of exquisite quality and close-up detail.
Published price: £60
Bibliophile price: £45.00