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Maps of Ireland - information

The Irish geological maps have been divided into 1 inch and Quarter inch maps, which are Survey, and Non Survey maps. Under Books on the top tool bar, you will find Ireland in the Regional sub-menu and a selection of books and guides on the geology of Ireland.

Geological Maps
Ireland non survey

The geological maps apart from those of the Geological Survey of Ireland were published in atlases, journals, books and as popular guides. In particular, the maps illustrating articles in the Transactions of the Geological Society (of London), later the Proceedings of the Geological Society, are particularly fine examples of cartography.

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    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 periodsFor those skilled in water-colouring the uncoloured maps present an opportunity. This website shows all the nineteenth century geological maps of Ireland in considerable detail and in colour.

    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

Geological Survey of Ireland
One Inch to the Mile Geological Maps.

The layout map shows the sheet numbering and locations for the one inch to one-mile (1:63,360) geological maps of Ireland. The layout and numbering did not change from the outset of geological mapping in 1853 until the replacement of the one inch series by the 1:100,000 series beginning in the 1990s. There was no Old and New Series as in England and Wales. The Geological Survey of Ireland was completed by 1890 prior to the division of Ireland and there was no change to the layout or introduction of new layouts in either the Republic of Ireland of Northern Ireland although there were two surveys that did the revisions and published separately. The new 1:100,000 geological maps are also to a common layout and numbering system although we have none in our stock.

The Survey maps were available as uncoloured engravings as well as hand-coloured engravings. The coloured maps cost about 4x the uncoloured maps. This was the practice also in England and Wales, and Scotland prior to the advent of colour printing in Great Britain in 1901. In my map collecting, I have observed that it is very unusual to find an uncoloured geological survey map of England and Wales or Scotland, and when I do there is often a brutal 'Uncoloured Map' stamp on it. In Ireland uncoloured maps are much more common than uncoloured maps. This may reflect the poverty of nineteenth century Ireland and the thrift of Irish geologists.

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