|Published||Published by Geographer's Map Co. Ltd. 24-27 High Holborn, London, W.C.1 [London, c.1946]|
|Dimensions||510 x 755 mm|
A decorative folding road map of London, laid to linen, published by the Geographer's Map Co. Ltd. in the aftermath of the Second World War. The map is printed in a bold mid-century style, with block colours for parks, buildings, and water emphasising the road network in white. Landmarks and tourist attractions are labelled with boxes and shown pictorially and a large blank patch north of St Pauls and the Guildhall is labelled 'Approximate Area Destroyed by Enemy Action 1940-1941.' In the four corners, boxes enclose the title, a key to 'interesting places,' and a pair of maps of 'Cinemaland' and 'Theatreland.'
Alexander Gross, FRGS, (fl.1900-1958) was a Hungarian Jewish cartographer and publisher, resident in London and New York. He founded Geographia Ltd, trading from Fleet Street and specialising in street maps, folding maps, and cartographic pamphlets. After bankruptcy, he relocated to New York where he refounded the business. Geographia Ltd is still in business, producing maps and folding guides of New York, New York State, and New Jersey. Details of Gross' life are largely overshadowed by the success of his daughter, Phyllis Pearsall MBE (1906-1996), founder of the Geographers' A-Z Map Company.
Condition: Vertical and horizontal folds as issued. Minor discolouration and splitting to folds.