Untitled [London Underground Map]
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Harry Beck, an engineering draughtsman with an understanding of electrical circuits, created a cartographic breakthrough still used to this day. The challenge was to map the Tube and Underground system in a clear and straightforward way. Beck boldly abandoned the geographical approach and used schematic mapping instead. With the addition of colour coding, this meant that the passengers could quickly locate the correct lines and intersections for their journeys. A good example of an early printing. Very slight age staining and wear on folds.
region: London Maps & Plans
mapmakers: H.C. Beck London Underground Transport
place and date of publication: London 1937
medium and colour: Lithograph, Original colourref: 42614
size in mm: 150 by 225mm (6 by 8.75 inches).
Price: £ 500£ 300
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