[ISHMap-List] Ralph Hyde

Barber, Peter Peter.Barber at bl.uk
Wed Jun 10 13:19:14 CEST 2015

I have the very sad duty of reporting the death last weekend, following a heart attack,  of Ralph Hyde, the former keeper of prints, maps and drawings at Guildhall Library, London.

Ralph will be best known to map historians as the author of the standard work,  Printed Maps of Victorian London  (1975), and many other books and articles on historic maps of London, often published under the auspices of Harry Margary and the London Topographical Society , including Ward Maps of the City of London  (1999).  He was also probably the world’s leading expert on panoramas and related phenomena such as peepshows – his book Paper Peepshows: The Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner Collection was published in March 2015 and he had fresh projects in mind.  A  revised version of his hitherto unpublished catalogue of parish maps of London  is in the early stages on preparation.

Ralph’s erudition and boundless enthusiasm,  his  cheerfulness and kindness will be recalled by his many friends and missed in equal measure.

Peter Barber

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