THORNBURY, Walter and Edward WALFORD. Old and New London. A Narrative of its History, its People, and its Places. Illustrated with Engravings from the most Authentic Sources. Cassell, Petter & Galpin, [c.1880].
Large 4to. Six volumes, bound as three; Victorian half brown morocco over pebbled burnt-orange cloth; spine fully gilt, with five raised bands and gilt lettering direct to spine; boards ruled in gilt and a.e.g.; marbled endpapers; pp. Vol I [vii], vi-xii, 576; xii, 576, ii; Vol II [ii], xii, 576; [ii], xii, 576, [ii]; Vol III [v], iv-xii, 576; [ii], xii, 636, [ii]; illustrated throughout with wood-engravings; Vol I bound with half-title, the rest without; light spotting to edges and sporadically throughout text; some very slight scratches to gilt edges and rubbing to edges of boards; the plates for the most part very clean and bright throughout; a very handsome set.
A comprehensive, popular and well-illustrated work on the history and topography of London. Volumes I and II are by Walter Thornbury, and III to VI by Edward Walford. Thornbury was an English author who wrote mostly on British topography and social history, but also branched out into novels and poetry. Originally trained as an artist, he was the first biographer of J. M. W. Turner, and a contemporary of Dickens, with whom he shared a lively correspondence.
The volumes comprise The City in Vol I & II, Westminster & the Western Suburbs in Vol III & IV, The Western & Northern Suburbs in Vol V, and The Southern Suburbs in Vol VI.