London in Maps


London in Maps

The February 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books, then president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. Laurence Worms lectures annually at the London Rare Books School and has contributed at various times to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Oxford Companion to the Book, the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain and to the University of Chicago Press History of Cartography. His own British Map Engravers (co-authored with Ashley Baynton-Williams) appeared to critical acclaim in 2011.

He has also dealt in maps of London for over forty years. The seminar examined the history of London maps both in general and specifically in collecting terms – maps of London great and small, maps of the whole of London, maps of its constituent parts, the makers of those maps, and their evolving styles and purposes.

The seminar took place at 6pm on Tuesday 12 February 2013 in Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere will be informal, as will the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00 to 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. All are very welcome.