|Published||Copyright John Bartholomew & Son Ltd, Edinburgh [c.1955]|
|Dimensions||565 x 770 mm|
A large and colourful mid-century children's map of central London, published by John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. The map provides a stylized street plan of London's best known monuments, parks, and public amenities, most of which are shown pictorially, interspersed with banderoles of text from various different periods of London's history. Railway stations and lines are prominently shown, shaded in blue and yellow. Around the map is a large decorative border featuring vignettes of well-known nursery rhymes, as well as illustrations of the Gog and Magog statues from the Guildhall. In the corners of the sheet are featured eight Crests, representing the Arms of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the University of London, the Port of London, the See of London, and the City of Westminster.
John Bartholomew & Son was founded by John Bartholomew Senior (1805 - 1861) in 1826. Initially the firm printed maps for external companies, though under John Bartholomew Junior and his son John George Bartholomew, the company achieved much greater success after making the decision to commission and print their own map series. In particular, the firm was responsible for the Times Survey Atlas of the World (1922) and successive Times Atlases.
Condition: Horizontal and vertical folds as issued. Minor wear and small tears to folds. Faced on two verso panels with original covers, featuring a pastiche of London buildings behind a Queen's Guard.