Title: Young Visitors London Guide Nos. 1-3
Year: 1972 (First Edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Commercial Promotions Unit
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: Dating from the time when the Post Office Tower was the tallest building in Britain, the complete set of this ultra scarce children's travel guide around Britain's capital city features a wealth of information about its history and landmarks. Each book contains 6 tours (apart from No. 3, which only has four) intended to encompass all places of interest in and around Central London – e.g. Hyde Park, Houses of Parliament, Monument, British Museum, &c. Additionally, there is a list of local snack bars, cafés, and picnic spots in the area of each tour – most of these will, no doubt, be only of historical interest now! Remarkably, all 120 colour stamps (40 × 3) are present and unused. The idea being that when the reader visited a certain place (e.g. Marble Arch), they would paste the appropriate stamp over the map in the centre of the book. It is interesting that the publishers were permitted to include the Post Office Tower in that set, seeing that up until the mid-1990s, the Tower was a state secret and therefore did not feature on any maps of London! There are also several quizzes and games (including a crossword), all of which have been left unsolved.
Each book is illustrated with a mix of b&w photographs and wonderful two-tone (either red or blue) monochrome line drawings.
Overall condition of the books is excellent, although the front covers are lightly creased near the spine, and book No. 1 has some minor wear on its cover. Internally, the books are as new: pages are crisp, clean, and completely free from foxing or tanning – no doubt helped by the glossy paper on which they were printed.
Each book measures 15 cm × 22.5 cm (8.4″ × 6″). 8vo. (40 + 40 + 34) = 114 pp.