This is Londonby Miroslav Sasek
With the same wit and perception that distinguished his charming books on Paris, New York, and San Francisco, M Sasek presents stylish, elegant London in This is London, first published in 1959 and now updated for the 21st century. Here this beloved illustrator shares his impressions of London with its beautiful buildings, historic monuments, bridges, parks, shops and Piccadilly Circus, black cabs, Horse Guards, and famed Underground. Sasek has cast his loving eye on London and the result are colorful, sophisticated pictures of one of the most exciting cities in the world, paired with a lively text that keeps a playful sense of fun while taking the reader to the highlights of one of the world’s great capitals.
This is London is a facsimile editions of Sasek’s original title. His brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved and remain true to his vision. With the passing of time facts have been updated where applicable in the back of the book. The result is a treasure with an elegant, classic look and delightful narrative that will charm both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the same book from their own childhood.
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My husband and I happened to be traveling in London and saw this book. I was immediately attracted to its vintage look and feel. Made me remember having our librarian hold up books with cellophane wrapping and reading from them when I was a kid. So, we purchased one for my niece. Happened to travel to Ireland the next year and found This is Ireland... so the tradition continues. We'll keep getting her one with each trip. (note: this one had cellophane wrapping where we purchased it, but when we ordered an extra copy online it didn't... so I'm not sure if they all have one.)
Wonderful book for childrens but not only. It has a lot of beautiful drawings... and it is a classic that everyone could love to read and to have.
So glad it's back in print. Had this book when I was growing up in London. I looked at it so much it was falling apart. Whimsical and information packed. A general flavor of London and good ideas of places to see if you're planning a visit.