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Stanford’s ‘Library Map of London and its Suburbs’ was first published in 1862. It went through twenty-one states according to Hyde but arguably the most important is this, the thirteenth, he describes it in detail. By 1872 there was much greater interest in the geology of the London area and its effects on population distribution etc. The annual address of the President of the Geological Society that year was largely devoted to it. The Geological Survey was undertaking the work but only on the one inch series of maps which was published in 1873.

Under preparation at the same time was a larger model under the direction of James B. Jordan (1838-1915) and William Whitaker (1836-1925). The scale chosen was six inches to the mile which enabled them to utilise the Ordnance Survey in the same scale. Hyde goes on to say ‘I have deliberately described this model at some length because its construction led to the publication of a new geological map of some significance. Jordan … [was] secured by Stanford, this time to transfer the information from the model on to his ‘Library Map of London’. The first edition of this geological version of ‘Stanford’s Library Map’ appeared in 1877 … it filled a gap which badly needed to be filled until such time as the survey could embark on its own six-inch survey for the London region. A RARE GEOLOGICAL MAP OF SOME SIGNIFICANCE. Hyde (1975) no. 91.13 & pp. 34-6.

STANFORD, Edward

Stanford's Library Map of London and its Suburbs Geologically Coloured by James B. Jordan

London, 1862-[77]
Oblong portfolio 400 x 470 mm., contemporary publishers cloth with original paper title label pasted on. With Index map pasted inside upper cover and Explanation of colours and 24 loose sheets each 345 x 420 mm. all in early hand colour. In good condition.
Stock number: 5658

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