London by Dark: Pre-War Drawings and the History of Famous City Locations

Release date: July 16, 2021
Author: Sidney Dark and Joseph Pennell (Illustrator)
Length: 242 Pages
Black and White with Glossy Color Cover
Softcover ISBN: 978-1592182220 MSRP: $24.95
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1592182237 MSRP: $34.95
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After the Great War, but before the Second, in 1925, English writer Sidney Dark teamed up with famed illustrator Joseph Pennell to create a visual tour of historic London.

Moody, mysterious, and bathed in shadows, artist Joseph Pennell captured early 20th-century London with a unique eye and a sketch-like visual style all his own. Fifty-five adumbral illustrations guide readers through storied historic locations with candid pencil strokes that capture a contemporary moment from long ago. Features:

  • Enlarged 8 ½” x 11” pages
  • Softcover and hardcover options
  • 55 digitally-restored illustrations
  • Author’s original layouts
  • Classic weathered type font
  • Bold retro-styled cover design

Sidney Dark weaves tales of historical significance and period tomfoolery while Pennell drags readers through the murky fog of pre World War II London with a brutal, candid display of artistic inspiration. One can almost smell the soot and manure as they trundle by The Clock Tower, Hyde Park, The Strand, Lincoln’s Inn, and more historic spots – all changed by the passage of time.

“There are libraries of London books, but this is the one London book illustrated by Mr. Pennell. That is its reason and its justification. I have been much in the position of the dramatist hired to write a play around a poster, but, with a proper modesty, I have realized that the poster is too much for me –

“There are a dozen ways in which a London book can be written. My plan has been to go, one after the other, to the scenes made vivid by Mr. Pennell’s genius, to conjure up visions of men and women whose lives have been associated with each place and to recall something of their past.” – Sidney Dark

Table of Contents:
1 – Westminster Abbey
2 – Poet’s Corner
3 – Old Westminster
4 – The Clock Tower
5 – The Foreign Office
6 – Whitehall Court
7 – St. James’s Place
8 – Hanover Street
9 – Hyde Park
10 – Piccadilly
11 – The Haymarket Theatre
12 – Trafalgar Square
13 – Charing Cross
14 – Magnificent Kensington
15 – Cheyne Walk
16 – Villiers Street
17 – Th Strand
18 – The Law Courts
19 – The Temple
20 – Lincoln’s Inn
21 – Fetter Lane
22 – Fleet Street
23 – Ludgate Hill
24 – St. Paul’s
25 – St. Bartholomew’s
26 – Cloth Fair
27 – The City Churches
28 – The Guildhall
29 – The Royal Exchange
30 – Aldersgate Street
31 – Leadenhall Market
32 – The Post Office
33 – The British Museum
34 – Euston Station
35 – Bankside
36 – The Tower Bridge
37 – Whitechapel
38 – East London
39 – The River
40 – Greenwich
41 – The Crystal Palace
42 – Hampton Court

About the Publisher:
The CGR Publishing Restoration Workshop uses a vast array of computers and digital scanners to restore, preserve, and enhance the classic works of writers and artists from the 19th century. Each new release includes display-quality covers, enlarged covers, and retro fonts. Select books include Dante’s Inferno Retro Hell-Bound Edition, Gustave Doré’s London: A Pilgrimage, The Complete Book of Birds, A Life of George Westinghouse, The Clock Book: A Detailed Illustrated Collection of Classic Clocks, The Aeroplane Speaks, and much more.

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