Monday, April 30, 2012

London Zoo 1830

Monday, April 30, 2012
Loretta reports:

Guidebooks offer wonderfully detailed information about specific cities.  I've used contemporary guidebooks for Paris, London, and Venice, among others.  Here's a sample page from the 1830 edition of Leigh's New Picture of London, describing the London Zoo.



George Scharf, The Zoological Gardens, Regent's Park
Illustration (from a work in the collection of the London Museum) courtesy Wikimedia Commons. The Camel House in the picture still exists in extremely altered form.  See more historical images here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am intrigued to see that "sir" and "lord" are not capitalized! In imitation of the French style in such things?

LorettaChase said...

Publications had their individual styles. They're not consistent. In some, it's Duke of Omnium. In others, it's duke of Omnium. Same for the sirs and lords. Interesting, isn't it, that Museum is capitalized but the founders' titles aren't.

Marina said...

Thanks for the info. Going again to London this Fall. Never visited the zoo before!

bluffkinghal said...

Spellings varied too. They never had any consistency. The same person would use different spellings at different times. So weird!

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