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London History Collection

over 5,000 vols.

Account of the visit of Prince Regent, 1814

A collection of over 5,000 volumes, c.500 maps and many pamphlets on the topography, architecture, social and economic history, etc . of Greater London. It originated with a bequest of c.700 volumes received in 1873 from the executor of Captain Henry Ward (d.1867), and became a separate library in 1922.
It was further augmented in 1945 by a large collection of books and pamphlets from the Library of Miss E. Jeffries Davis who was Reader in London History from 1914 to 1940. The tract collections of the 18th and 19th centuries include ten volumes called Ward Tracts and twelve volumes called the SOS Tracts from the London Institution. There are also c.200 volumes of histories of the City Livery Companies.

Map of London and Westminster

Map of London and Westminster

SDUK, 1836

There is a large collection of maps and engravings of London, from the 17th to the 20th century. and many interesting early guide books.