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  LONDON 
 London Maps 

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: 19700]    £2,600.00 ($3,372 • €3,019 rates)


BECK, Henry C. [The iconic map of the London Underground]
Railway Map. No. 2. 1934. London: The Underground Group, 1934. Colour-printed map, 150 x 230mm.
A fine example of the pamphlet version of Beck's diagrammatic map of London's tube network, published the year after the first issue. Already the original diamonds for interchanges have been changed to the circles used today; the confusion between the original orange of the Central Line and red for Metropolitan has been clarified by making the Central Line red and the latter brown; and the Piccadilly Line has been extended from South Harrow to Uxbridge. Brompton Road has disappeared from the Piccadilly Line. 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. GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map, 19.
[Ref: 17516]    £500.00 ($649 • €581 rates)


BECK, Henry C. [Beck's iconic map of the London Underground]
Railway Map. No.1. 1937. 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: 19453]    £380.00 ($493 • €441 rates)


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