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The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939–1945

With an Introduction by Robert Woolven.

Published: London: London Topographical Society and London Metropolitan Archives, 2005

Stock code: 104909

Price: £1,375

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This item is on show at 43 Dover Street (map)

First edition. “During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect’s Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant sheets of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps, the Architect’s staff hand-coloured the maps according to the degree of damage suffered by each building. The sheets also indicated the impact points of the German V1 flying bombs and V2 long-range rockets of 1944 and 1945, together with the extensive devastation that they caused” (introduction). Collected and reprinted here they offer “a unique insight into the shaping of modern London”. Uncommon, just seven copies listed on Copac, all but two of these in London.

Folio. Original blue cloth lettered in silver. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout with 110 topographical maps in colour. A hint of sunning at the edges of the jacket, else a fine copy.

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