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Non-survey Maps

Non-survey maps in our listings are primarily from the Geological Society, Geologists’ Association and later commercial atlas publishers. The Geological Society of London, established in 1807 and the oldest geological society in the world, has published papers presented at its meetings variously as the Transactions (TGS), the Proceedings, the Quarterly Journal of the GS (QJGS) and the Journal of the GS. The Transactions in particular had fine, hand coloured engravings of maps and sections, particularly in the earlier years. They were published intermittently in two series from 1811 to 1856. Full volumes are rare, but occasionally loose figures are found for sale with the volume number but no date.

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    1845 to 1973, continued with colour printing of maps, which appeared periodically, dependent on economic vagaries. The 1850s-1870s and the 1920s-1930s were particularly good periods for those skilled in water-colouring the uncoloured maps present an opportunity.

    Transactions, first series

    Transactions of the Geological Society, second series

    Vol. 1 – 1811

    Vol. 2 – 1814

    Vol. 3 – 1816

    Vol. 4 – 1817, in two parts

    Vol. 5
    – part 1 – 1819
    – part 2 – 1821

    Vol. 1
    – part 1 - 1822
    - part 2 - 1824

    Vol. 2
    – part 1 – 1826
    - part 2 – 1827
    – part 3 – 1828

    Vol. 3
    – part 1 – 1829
    – part 2 – 1832
    – part 3 – 1835

    Vol. 4
    – part 1 – 1835
    – part 2 – 1836

    Vol. 5
    – part 1 – 1837
    – part 2 – 1840
    – part 3 – 1840

    Vol. 6
    – part 1 – 1841
    – part 2 – 1842

    Vol. 7
    – part 1 – 1845
    – part 2 – 1845
    – part 3 – 1846
    – part 4 – 1856

    The QJGS, published 1845 to 1973, continued with colour printing of maps, which appeared periodically, dependent on economic vagaries. The 1850s-1870s and the 1920s-1930s were particularly good periods.

Commercial Geological Atlas Maps

GW Bacon and Co, the Strand, London published various atlas editions from the 1870s to the 1910s which included a Geological Map of England and Wales on two double page sheets – north and south. These maps are generally found loose and sometimes joined. While the maps are not dated themselves, developments in content and layout enable a distinction between early and late versions within this date range. All have different page numbers, indicating publication in different atlases (a minor avenue for future research). Early maps are in the exact cartographic style of the later maps which bear the name and address of Bacon; however, they have no title block and are not coloured as well as the later versions. Neither do they record the Ordovician.
John Bartholomew and Co, as the Edinburgh Geographical Institute, published several editions of geological maps of England and Wales and of Scotland with notes by the acting head of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. Initially this was Sir Roderick Murchison and latterly, Sir Archibald Geikie.
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) published four editions of Murchison’s geological map of England and Wales between 1843 and 1854. James Reynolds and Edward Stanford published various geological atlas editions between 1860 and 1914 which are described more fully in a separate page devoted to them. See the sub-menu under British Isles in pull out menu on the left side of the screen.

No.

3

SOLD
Publisher

MacLauchlan, Henry TGS

Description

Coal Field, Forest of Dean, 1838, scale 1"=1mile, engraved colour wash map with 3 sections, 19.5"x13". In very good condition, folded in quarters, clear complete plate mark but one inch margin was trimmed close in lower left corner to facilitate binding. Paper slightly but uniformly browned. With original published article.

£35

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5

Publisher

TGS

Description

Vale of Wardour, Wiltshire, 1835, scale 1"=2miles, colour wash, 11"x8.5. Vof W occupies lower half of page; two smaller maps of Nutfield area of Surrey and coast of Kent at Folkestone, occupy top half. In good condition, trimmed corners do not affect frameable area.

£1

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6

Publisher

Wright, Romley

TGS

Description

Brown Clee Hill, Salop, Plan and Section of, in 1838, scale 1"=half mile, engraved colour wash, 11"x8.5". In very good condition, flat. Paper slightly but uniformly browned. With original published article, 2pp.

£2

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No.

8

Publisher

Stanford

Description

London and environs, 1894. Scale 1"=1mile (1:63,360). Colour print, 27"x24". In good to very good condition. Cut, mounted on linen and folded in book-style hard covers.

£95

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8a SOLD

Publisher

Stanfords

Description

London and Environs, 1870. 1st edition, Scale 1"=1mile (1:63,360). Colour print, 27"x24". Cut, mounted on linen and folded in book-style hard covers with Stanford label on front. Centre-fold is age darkened from being upper most when folded, otherwise the map is clean and in very good condition.

£100

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No.

9

Publisher

Bacon

Description

Geological Map of London and Environs, showing the Superficial Deposits,1890s, Scale 1"=1mile. Colour print set of 4 sheets, each 13.5"x21", not joined. In very good condition. Flat sheets have original centre fold from atlas.

£80

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No.

9a

Publisher

Bacon

Description

Northwest and Northeast sheets of above set. In very good condition,

£15 each

No.

10

Publisher

Wyld, James, jr.

Description

Wyld’s Map of the Superficial Geology of London and its Environs, c.1880. Hand-coloured, 58 x 70.5cm (16.5 x 26.25 in), scale 1:63,360 (1in = 1 mile). Cut, mounted on linen and folded in book-style green embossed cloth covered card covers with Wyld’s label on front, folding to 19 x 11cm (7.5 x 4.25 in). M/s date on label 1880; in map data a reference to 1870 datum. Map clean and bright. Light wear to cover. In very good condition.

£275

No.

11

Publisher

Mylne, R.W

Description

Geological Map of London and its Environs, 1858, 1st Stanford edition. Hand-coloured, 42 x 67cm (20.75 x 27.75 in), scale 1:43,300 (‘1.43 in = 1 mile’). Cut, mounted on linen and folded in book-style brown embossed cloth covered card covers, folding to 22 x 14cm (8.5 x 5.5 in). Topography is indicated by hachures that are banded so as to give 10m contours. Section from SE to NW passes through St Pauls. Map clean and bright. Cover worn with hinges split at top and base of spine, otherwise, in very good condition.

Mylne was a civil engineer primarily interested in the supply of drinking water. This map is primarily lithological and concerned with the hydrological characteristics of soil and rock and geological structure. It was from his 1856 map at 1:15,300 which may claim to be the first engineering geological map of London. An earlier printed version of the map was published for Mylne in 1851 by James Wyld jr. which did not include a section.

£850

No.

11a SOLD

Publisher

Mylne, R.W.

Description

Map of the Geology and Contours of London and its Environs, reproduction in 1993 of Mylne’s 1856 map. A fine reproduction was published in 1993, now out of print, by the London Topographic Society. In four quarter sheets each 43.5 x 59cm (17.25 x 23.25 in) Scale at 1:15,300 (‘1.43 inches = 1 mile’). With a historical/geological essay by Eric Robinson and topographic essay by Simon Morris. In yellow folder. In fine, as new, condition.

£85

No.

12

Publisher

Philips, George jr.

Description

Philips’ Geological Map of the Environs of London, extending to 20 miles round Charing Cross, showing the nature of the soil and the elevation of the land, n.d but c.1890s. Colour printed, 75 x 103 cm (29.5 x 40.5 in), scale 1:63,360 (1in = 1 mile). Cut, mounted on linen and folded in book-style brown cloth covered card covers, folding to 19.5 x 11cm (7.75 x 4.4 in). Contours at 50m, 100m then at 100m contour inteval to 500. Judging from my neighbourhood, the base map dates between 1885 and 1904. Map clean and bright. Light wear to cover. In very good condition.

£275

No.

13

Publisher

Mine Lease,

Snailbeach Shropshire

Description

License to search for minerals in the Tankerville Round Hill and Bergam Mine Sets in the Parish of Worthen in the county of Salop, 17th June, 1899. Legal document, 9pp, between the Earl of Tankard and mine developers for the area around and including Snail Beach, now a historic lead mining site. It includes two maps which are high quality tracings in coloured inks and water colour on transparent, waxed linen. The colour is on the reverse and shows through. Both sheets are folded to 22x10cm to fit in the folded legal document. Map 1, scales 1:2500 and 1:4800 (6 chains to the inch) shows pits, shafts and quarries at Roundhill Mine and south of West Snailbeach. Map 2, no scale but measures at approx 1:10,560 is centred on the area of map 1 and extends from Leigh Hall in northwest (no north arrow) to Brooks Hill and South Bog Mine Set in south; shows numerous pits, quarries, old shafts and reservoirs. The Stiperstones noted to east. Three small old coffee-like stains in lower left corner. Otherwis, in very good condition

£125

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No.

14

Publisher

Sheppard, Thomas

Description

Geology and Flora of the East Riding of Yorkshire, in Geological Rambles in East Yorkshire, no date but notes name of owner, Christmas 1904 on front fly-leaf. See books.
The map scale is approx 1:500,000 (1"=8miles). Colour print, 28x22cm, is folded in thirds and bound in at the Introduction. Slight browning on right side. Otherwise, in good condition.

£25

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No.

15

Publisher
Ruthven, John
Description

Map of the English Lakes and adjoining Country, Geologically Coloured, 1855 (d.o.m.), (usually missing) by John Ruthven (1790-1868). Lithological legend. Hand coloured engraving, 47.5 x 43cm (18.75 x 17in.) Folded. Clean bright colours, tiny splits at intersections of folds, otherwise very good. See Books/British Isles/pre-1900/Martineau
£145

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No.

15a

Publisher

Ruthven, John,

Description

Map of the English Lakes and Adjoining Country Geologically Coloured1855. Scale 1"=3 miles.19"x17.5" folded light weight paper. Clean, bright, minor perforations at intersection of folds. Tears to left and top margins neatly repaired. In good to very good condition

£80

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No.

19

Publisher

Colliery Guardian Co.Ltd

Description

Map of the Coalfields3 of the North Midlands, c.1910. "Published under joint copyright W&AK Johnston and Colliery Guardian Co.Ltd. Colour print, 31"x34.75", scale 1"=3.5miles, cut, mounted on linen and folded between maroon artificial leather covered card book-style cover (8"x4.5"). Shows coal fields, collieries by name, canals, railways by operating company and coal districts by shipping ports. Cover in very good condition. Map as red transfer from cover and part foot print on lower margin, otherwise, therefore rated as good condition only.

£20

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No.

20

Publisher

Herman Moll

Description

Northamptonshire, 1724, from A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps of England and Wales pub. by Herman Moll. 1724. Scale, approx. 1”=5miles (1:316,800). 20 x 31,5cm (8”x 12.5”)hand-coloured outlining of engraved NON-geological map. Included because of Moll’s use of fossils to decorate the map in place of the typical antiquities or family crests. In archival mount board frame, 35 x 46cm (13.75 x 18”). Clear plate mark, trace of old centrefold, clean, bright, in very good condition. Eng non-survey Moll.

£110

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No.
22SOLD
Publisher
Phillips, John
Description

A map of the Principle Features of the Geology of Yorkshire, 1853 (d.o.m.). Scale 1”=5miles (1:316,800). Colour lithograph. Dissected and mounted on linen to fold in green textured paper covered book-style folder which is worn and bumped with old green tape repair to spine, in fair to good condition. The map is slightly age-toned. Water-stains evident on linen backing are barely visible on map. Tear on one opening fold is neatly repaired. Colours are clean and bright, excellent registration of colours. Vertical column acts as map legend. Pencil annotations of new railways c.1854 in Co.Durham and N. Yorkshire.
A very early example of multi-colour map printing in GB, contemporary with printed geological maps in Germany. Excellent use of patterns and tones of 6 colours on basemap. Self-published by Phillips using York lithographer William Monkhouse (1812-1896) whose careers spanned the stages – engraver, lithographer, photographer – of 19th century printing technology.
£135

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No.
24 SOLD
Publisher
Barrett, Lucas
Description

Geological Map of the Neighbourhood of Cambridge, 1859. Hand coloured Ordnance Survey map 51SW, 1836. Published before Geological Survey’s first edition, 1881. Folded between original green cloth covered boards, book-style, with legend pasted on inside front cover facing map. Tears along folds neatly repaired, clean, bright colours. Bookplate of John Thackray, late archivist of Geological Society and of Natural History Museum. In good to very good condition.
£75
Lucas Barrett, 1837-1862, engaged by Adam Sedgwick in 1855 as an assistant in thw Woodwardian Museum, Cambridge. In 1859 he was appointed as a Director to the Geological Survey of Jamaica where he drowned investigating the sea floor off Kingston.

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No.

25

Publisher

Ordnance Survey

Description

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, [London] 1906.1st edition. Colour printed, 34 x 61cm (13.25 x 24 in) on folded light paper in blue OS cover. Scale 1:580 (12 inches to 1 mile). Not Geological. Very scarce, in fine condition.

£50

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