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  LONDON 
 London Maps 

BECK, Henry C. [The second issue of the iconic map of the London Underground]
Underground Railways of London. London: The Underground Group, 1933. Colour-printed map, 140 x 205mm, folded twice as issued.
The second card version of the diagrammatic map of London's tube network, first published in January the same year. The added text box refers to work on the Piccadilly Line due in September, not yet completed. Already there are changes to the design: with circles replacing the diamonds of the interchanges; a compass pointer, superfluous on a diagramatic map, has been added top right, apparently without consulting Beck; and the awkward relationship between the Bakerloo and Metropolitan lines between Paddington, Praed Street and Edgeware Road has been simplified. Changes to the Underground infrastucture include: the renaming of Dover Street to Greek Park; the amalgamation of British Museum Station and Holborn; the opening of the Piccadilly extension to Cockfosters; and the closure of the District Line between Ealing Common and South Harrow. GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map.
[Ref: 16477]    £1,250.00 ($1,581 • €1,390 rates)


BECK, Henry C. [The First Issue of the iconic map of the London Underground]
Map of London's Underground Railways. A new design for an old map. London: The Underground Group, 1933. Colour-printed map on paper, 155 x 255mm, folded twice as issued.
The first version of the diagrammatic map of London's tube network, which, despite being eighty years old, would be instantly recognisable to any commuter today. Beck's revolutionary new 'electrical circuit' design dispensed with scale, bearing and surface landmarks other than the Thames, making the stations equidistant and limiting the curves to either 45 or 90º. Beck submitted two proposals to the Publicity manager before his idea was accepted, and was paid only 10 guineas (today £380) for the artwork of this card, and 5 guineas more for the poster. The Publicity Manager knew he was taking a chance with public opinion: the cover text continues 'We should welcome your comments', but his gamble paid off and Beck's innovation has been in use ever since. Although there are new lines and different colours the only significant design change on the map is the use of rings rather than diamonds for interchanges. GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map.
[Ref: 18833]    £2,500.00 ($3,163 • €2,780 rates)


BECK, Henry C. [Beck's iconic map of the London Underground]
Railway Map. London: London Underground, 1937. Colour-printed map, 150 x 225mm, folded twice. Slight staining on the reverse.
An example of the first 1937 edition of Beck's map of the London Underground, four years after its first appearance. On the map the Central line is still called the Central London line, renamed later that year. The reverse shows a detail of the interchange stations in the central area with the names of the interchange stations within diamonds. See GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map.
[Ref: 18393]    £350.00 ($443 • €389 rates)


BECK, Henry C. [A scarce 1946 'Quad Royal' poster map of the Underground by H.C. Beck]
London's UndergrounD. London: Waterlow & Sons, February 1946. Colour lithographic map. Sheet 955 x 1210 mm Original folds, a few repairs, laid on linen, slightly trimmed.
A poster map of the London Underground published thirteen years after the introduction of Beck's iconic 'electric diagram' map of the Underground. An interesting innovation here is the geometric border designed by 'Shep' (apparently a Captain Shepherd). Unusually Beck's signature has been moved from the bottom left into the Thames. Bushey Heath, Mill Hill East to Edgeware and Highgate to Alexandra Palace and Finsbury Park; on the Circle Line from Loughton to Ongar; and on the Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Camberwell. GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map.
[Ref: 18616]    £4,950.00 ($6,262 • €5,504 rates)


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