The Post Office London Directory for 1903
Rebound in two volumes, including trades, streets, businesses and residents
Hardback, rebound into two volumes in buckram with typed labels to spine. Pages' fore-edge printed with index for easy reference. Each 26.5 × 17.5cm, Vol 1: xxxviii + 1770pp, vol 2: pp1771–3396, + 170pp ads
A fascinating round up of London in 1903 , this book is an immense reference guide and resource to researchers and genealogists. The first major section (after the official lists and offices, royal household etc) is the London street index which runs from Abbey Gardens in St John's Wood through to Zetland Street in Poplar. Then follows the commercial and professional directory being an alphabetical listing by surname or business name from the A1 Boiler Fluid Co (of Charing Cross) to Wladyslaw Zyczynski, a hairdresser in Pimlico. Volume 2 begins with the trades and professional directory, an alphabetical listing by industry, and runs from absorbent cotton manufacturers to zincographic printers. This is followed by the law directory, and the last big section is the court directory which is an alphabetical listing of residents of a certain social standing... finally comes the parliamentary, clerical, conveyance and banking directories. Lastly there are 170 pages of adverts, some of which have marvellous Victorian typography and design.
This set is in very good condition for age. The binding has been done to a high standard and the inner bindings are secure. These books were printed on India paper for thinness and usually get heavily worm but this set is in very good order (just a few pages of the banking directory are creased with slight marginal loss). A very useful resource. However, this is a very heavy set at 5kg.