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The book is now available. It is stocked at the London Transport Museum shop (www.ltmuseum.co.uk) and available through bookshops by ordering ISBN 978-1-85414-310-5. Trade orders may be placed through my distributor: Capital Transport Publishing at www.capitaltransport.com or by telephoning (020) 8407 3535. The telephone number has a 24-hour answering service.
Single copies may also be ordered from me, post free, by sending a cheque for £50, payable to Douglas Rose. I am sorry, but I am unable to take credit card or other electronic payments at the moment. Enquirers from outside the UK should e-mail me first.
 

The publication of the book is a mini saga in its own right. Following discussions with six specialist, up-market, international publishers over a period of three years, I was getting weary of the same reply: “We love it. The quality of the research and production is just what we look for, but I am afraid it is just not commercially viable.”

By good fortune I met one of the companies heavily involved in modernizing several London Underground stations. They wanted some copies and offered me a substantial amount of money in sponsorship if I decided to publish it myself. I looked at their work and found it to be to a high standard and therefore needed little encouragement and agreed. Discussions were also had with London Underground Ltd; Tim O’Toole (the present Managing Director) offered further financial assistance and has also kindly written the foreword.

I am therefore indebted to DMC Rail (www.dmccontracts.co.uk), London Underground (www.tfl.gov.uk) and the London Transport Museum (www.ltmuseum.co.uk). Without all of their most generous financial support the book would have to sell at over double the actual retail price of £50 per copy. In reality, it would probably not have got published at all. My genuine thanks are due to all concerned.

The outer slip case (310x255x60mm or 12x10x2.5 inches) contains the casebound book (on the left) and the inner box of four large-format folded sheets inside (on the right).

Book and box

Below are two of the double-page station realizations, each accompanied by a potted history of the station, scale plan and exterior building photograph from 1907.

Inner Pages
Inner Pages

This Edwardian architectural graphic communication puzzle, via extensive use of colour and geometry, also included various display typography.

Inner Pages
 
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