GALLERIES/Daniel Crouch Rare Books
Harry Beck (1902 - 1974)
First state of Beck's iconic tube map, 1933
142 × 202 mm. (5 ⅝ × 8 in.)
Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Our carefully chosen stock also includes a number of fine prints and globes, and a selection of cartographic reference books. Our particular passions include rare atlases, wall maps, and separately published maps and charts.
Our particular passions include rare atlases, town plans, wall maps, and separately published maps and charts. We strive to acquire unusual and quirky maps that are in fine condition.
Daniel Crouch Rare Books is a UK Limited Liability Company established in June 2008. In 2011 we opened a gallery in St James's, London, and in 2016 we established the New York office.
We are members of the following trade associations: The Antiquarian Bookseller's Association (ABA); The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA); Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA); The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB); The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD); and The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). Daniel and Nick are also both members of The Company of Art Scholars, Dealers, and Collectors.
The Cline Collection: The story of London told in 40,000 books, maps and prints spanning 400 years
Daniel Crouch Rare Books presents The Cline Collection: The story of London told in 40,000 books, maps, and prints spanning 400 years, the largest such collection in private hands. Highlights from the collection will form the majority of Daniel Crouch Rare Books' exhibit at London Art Week 2023.
Attempts to confine to the page such an ever-changing and multi-layered city inevitably fail to capture the living London. While no one individual map, print or book could itself serve as a comprehensive representation, the extensive Cline Collection captures every facet of the protean city.
Roger Cline is a true collector. A patent attorney by trade, his library started life as a reference collection for teaching Railway History at The City Lit adult education college almost 50 years ago. Over time, the collection morphed into a London Topographical library as Roger spent his Saturdays navigating home counties bookshops using Driffield's idiosyncratic directory as his guide.
The library absorbed several other important collections, including those of: Bernard Adams, author of London Illustrated 1604-1851 (1983); the bookseller Ben Weinreb (1912-1999), who had amassed a great number of books to prepare The London Encyclopaedia (also 1983) with Christopher Hibbert; the artist Peter Jackson (1922-2003), who had contributed to numerous books on the subject, including London Bridge: a Visual History (2002), George Scharf ‘s London (1987), Walks In Old London (1993), London: 2,000 Years of a City and its People (1974), The History of London in Maps (1990), and Pleasures of London (2003). Roger also acquired some 300 maps from the library of Joel Tabor (1922-1997); and a private collection of 500 large format prints.
The works within Roger's collection serve as a chronicle of an ever-expanding city, encompassing its people, buildings, culture, geography, politics and history. They are testament to Dr Johnson's claim that "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life".