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A CLASSIFIED COLLECTION OF THE CHIEF CONTENTS OF
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE FROM 1731 TO 1868.
ENGLISH TOPOGRAPHY, PART XVII.
THIS volume completes the collections which relate to London.
1 It contains those portions of the county of London formerly in the counties of Surrey and Kent.
All the extracts are, as in the other volumes of the series, printed entirely as they stand in the original, including references to plates and other articles.
These London volumes should be compared with other volumes of the series—namely, those on Architectural Antiquities, Roman Remains, and Archäology, where matters relating to London under these heads are dealt with. Otherwise they are complete in themselves. They take us back to a London which is past and gone; but that we go back with guides who were contemporary with the facts they register and note is the important point for us of this age. London has a large literature of its own, and I know much of it, but I do not think there is anything quite like these contributions to the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE anywhere else. They are genuine observations of those who, hating the destroying tendencies of the past age, expressed their dismay at useless and wanton destruction, or of those who, loving the record of existin gevidences of the past, put down their observations with care and enthusiasm. The dismay and enthusiasm