[ADCOCK, St John, Ed.]. Wonderful London. The World's Greatest City Described by its Best Writers and Pictured by its Finest Photographers. London: The Education Book Co., Ltd., [c.1926].
Large 4to, 3 Vols.; imitation morocco, ruled in blind, over crimson cloth boards, stamped in gilt with the Latin Motto of the City of London 'Domine Dirige Nos' to upper cover; with five raised bands and gilt rose devices in compartments with lettering direct to spine; upper edge gilt; textured endpapers; pp. Vol I [xi], ii-viii, 384, [ii]; Vol II [x], 385-768, [ii]; Vol III [x], 769-1152, [ii] , with full-colour fold-out map of London in Vol.I, tipped-in coloured frontispieces in each Volume, and over 1200 sepia photogravure prints. Near-fine, with ever-so-slight toning to pages and rubbing to extremities.
A wonderful complete set of Adcock's Illustrated London, here appearing, unusually, under the 'Education Press' imprint, a subsidiary of the Amalgamated Pres.
A fascinating collection of essays concerning London at the beginning of the 20th century, enhanced with abundant pictorial evidence. Some of the photos appear in a 'then and now' format depicting how a particular changed between the 1880s and the 1920s. Other studies show London characters such as chimney sweeps and street hawkers, sheep being herded through the city, museums and Zoos. Of particular interst are the aerial photographs, taken from what would have been a novel perspective for the time. Many of the areas shown here have since been lost to time, vanished under the blanket of post-war building.
The writing has been undertaken by a number of famous names of the day, among them “How London Strikes A Provincial” by J.B. Priestley, “The Case For Old London” by G.K. Chesterton and "The Magic of London" by Alfred Noyes.