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Excerpt from London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers The chief object of the Handbook for London is to enable the traveller so to employ his time, his money, and his energy, that he may derive the greatest possible amount of pleasure and instruction from his visit to the great city in the modern world. As several excellent English guide-books to London already existed, the Editor in 1878 published the first English edition of the present Handbook with some hesitation, not-withstanding the encouragement he received from numerous English and American correspondents, who were already familiar with the distinctive characteristics of Baedekers Handbooks. So favourable a reception, however, was accorded to the first edition that the issue of a second became necessary in little more than a year, while fourteen other editions have since been called for. The present volume embodies the most recent information, down to the end of March, 1911, obtained in the course of personal visits to the places described, and from the most trustworthy sources. In the preparation of the Handbook the Editor has received most material assistance from several English and American friends who are intimately acquainted with the great Metropolis. Particular attention has been devoted to the description of the great public collections, snob as the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Wallace Collections, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the South Kensington Museum, to all of which the utmost possible space has been allotted. The Introduction is intended as a brief condensation of general and historical information most likely to be of use and interest to the traveller on his way to London, while under the heading Preliminary Information are summarized all the practical details that are best calculated to make a stranger feel at home in London, and to familiarise him with its manners and customs. While the descriptive part of the work is topographically arranged, so that the reader may see at a glance which of the alts of London may be visited together, the preliminary portion classifies the principal sights according to their subjects, in order to present the reader with a convenient index to their character, and to facilitate his selection of those most congenial to his taste. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.