The London Olympics title bursts with evocative sporting nostalgia, written features and rare information contemporary with the 1908 Games, paying tribute to the British sporting pioneers who set the modern day Olympics on the road becoming the global event of today. The published original letters appealing for funding are especially poignant underlining the ethos of the Olympic Games. With a foreword by former Sports Minister Kate Hoey, the publication is fully endorsed by both the Chairman of the Amateur Athletics Association, Chris Carter, and Jonathan Edwards MBE. It looks set to create major interest, especially given London’s hosting of the Olympics this summer.
The first section contains all the original programmes along with lots of other fascinating memorabilia from the 1908 games with the second featuring the iconic first London Olympic Marathon. The third and fourth sections of the book present the Atlas and Gazetteer for London 1908, originally published by John Bartholomew of the famous map making dynasty. The Atlas and Gazetteer would have been of great use to the crowds flocking to London for both the Franco-London Exhibition and the much awaited Olympic Games. It contains over 38,000 streets and places in its index along with the clear and colourful map plates of London’s famous districts that have been carefully re-mastered. Also in this section, placed throughout the street index are no less than 10 sporting images from the Olympic Games of 1908.