Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps


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Forward: Mapping the Abyss. • Introduction. • Eastern District & North Eastern District • Housing. • Northern District & North-Western District • Immigration. • East Central District & West Central District • Religion. • Inner Western District & Outer Western District • Trade. • Inner Souther District & South-Western District • Morality. • Outside Southern District & South Eastern District • Leisure.

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For the first time in one volume, social reformer Charles Booth's hand-coloured maps are displayed alongside facsimiles of his revelatory notebooks documenting life in London at the end of the 19th century.

About the Author

The London School of Economics holds the Charles Booth archive. Mary S. Morgan is Professor of the History of Economics in the London School of Economics.


'A splendid – and necessary – publication … a great resource' - Iain Sinclair

'[An] exquisite edition of Booth’s maps' - BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking

'Booth’s maps have been beautifully reproduced in [this] new book' - LSE Review of Books

'What Booth’s poverty maps ultimately show is a London where rich and poor lived right next door to each other: in that sense, at least, today’s London is no different' - Guardian

'Compelling – once you start you can’t stop' - BBC Radio London: The Robert Elms Show

'A visual shrine to the Booth survey … the essays are all accomplished and informative and really do help spell out the context in which the maps were produced … these large-scale maps are a delight and it is a joy to have them' - Times Literary Supplement

'Charles Booth’s famous maps of Victorian London offer a chance to reflect on how the city has changed - and how it hasn’t' - Bloomberg

'Exquisite … the book really is a beautiful thing, with a reverence for the source material and playfulness in the design' - World of Interiors

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