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Ghost Signs: A London Story

Ghost Signs: A London Story

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The definitive contemporary book on ghost signs, those fading painted advertisements on walls. Over 250 of London's finest examples have their stories told, accompanied by a series of introductory chapters covering themes including their production, positioning, and protection.


"This is an informative, sensitively written and designed study, reflecting the authors’ detailed knowledge of urban archaeology." — Justin Burns, Eye Magazine
"The most comprehensive account of ghost signs ever published, this guide, which features an introduction by designer Wayne Hemingway, will steer you towards some great examples…" — David Brown, Best of British
"This work, the result of over 15 years’ research by Sam Roberts, who is the recognised authority on London’s Ghost Signs, accompanied by Roy Reed’s photos who has a lifetime’s experience photographing the urban landscape, gives us a fascinating reminder of our past way of life." — CabbieBlog
"The text is engagingly and carefully written, and the excellent photographs (mostly by Roy Reed) are both informative and a pleasure to look at." — Forum 43


  • 255 × 195 mm (approx. 10 x 8 in)
  • Softcover, 320 pages
  • 1 kg (35 oz)
  • 350< photos
  • 40,000< words
  • ISBN: 978-0-9954886-9-4
  • Published 2021

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