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Aslet, Clive : The Story of Greenwich
Fourth Estate, London, 1999
4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A large format volume of 288 pages. Greenwich has been an emblem of British history for over a thousand years. A seat of learning and intellectual enquiry, exploration and discovery, it resonates with echoes of great characters and stirring national events. The Royal Observatory, constructed in Greenwich Park in the 1670's, has been the origin of standard time around the world. The ancient royal palace was the birthplace of three monarchs: Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. Blackheath , at the top of the park, has often featured as the scene of insurrection and revolt, and it was here that Wat Tyler assembled his band of a hundred thousand rebels against the Poll Tax. Lord Nelson's body was brought to the Royal Naval Hospital in 1805 after his death at Trafalgar, and the 17th and 18th centuries bestowed upon Greenwich an incomparable parade of great and innovative buildings by Inigo Jones, Wren, Hawksmoor and Vanbrugh. It was a favourite haunt of Dickens and Gladstone, and home to London's first railway. Using beautiful colour illustrations throughout, the author presents a beguiling and charismatic portrait. **** NOT EX LIB *** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.145 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 23. Book Condition: Fine. Binding: Hard Cover. Jacket: Fine
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