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) (TGS) are particularly fine examples of hand-coloured cartography.
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The TGS was 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 and no date. The table below relates volume numbers to publication dates. The TGS was succeeded by the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society (QJGS) in 1845 which introduced colour printing of maps. The use of colour varied depending on the economic climate; the 1850-1870s and the 1020-30s were particularly good periods for coloured maps in the QJGS.
Publisher Bryce, James
Description Northeast of Antrim, T 1838, scale not given, approx 1"=1mile, engraved colour wash, 14"x11". In very good condition, folded in quarters, clear plate mark but trimmed close in lower left corner for binding. Paper slightly browned with light spotting near top edge. An attractive map from Carrick-a-rede to Cushendall Bay. With original published article, 13pp.
Description Dublin and environs,, 1882. Scale 1"=1.3m. Colour print, slight off-setting of colour plate registration, 17.5"x14". In very good condition. Flat, non-standard colours. Original margins narrow. (2 copies).
Description Geological Map of Ireland,, 1904. Scale 1"=29miles. Colour print, 15"x12" (13.5"x11"). In very good condition. Flat, mounted in cream card with gold fine line. Can be removed for posting.
Fraser's Travelling Map of Ireland,, 1857. Not Geological, but the boundaries, geological notes and uncoloured legend are present as in the above map. County boundaries are outlined in water colour, 29.25"x23". The map is cut, mounted on linen and folded in brown cloth-covered card in book style cover. The map is age toned and slightly faded with limited curling of the corner of some panels due to folding but with no loss of map area and in good condition. A conversion table of Irish to Statute lengths and areas is pasted on the back of the map. Lists of other maps by Fraser, more than on above map, on inside cover, also in good condition£40
£25 with Geol Copy
Solid Geology of North West and Central Donegal,, 1972, by WS Pitcher and MO Spencer to accompany The Geology of Donegal; a study of Granite Emplacement and Unroofing, Wiley. Scale 1:63,360. Colour print, 109 x 96cm, folded with slight wear on folds, light streaks of coffee show in white areas. In fair to good condition.
The Geology of Connemara,, 1981, by BE Leake et al. Scale 1:63,360. Scale 1:63,360. Colour print, 59.5 x 107cm, together in clear plastic wallet with Cross Sections for the Geology of Connemara,, colour print 58 x 64cm. both folded, clean, bright and in very good condition.
The Geology of Connemara,, 1981. As above, but without wallet and with library stamps. In good condition
Publisher 1988 Cork
Description Geology of the Cork District,, 1988, by AJ MacCarthy. Scale 1:40,000. Colour print, 64.5 x 90cm, folded, clean, bright and in very good condition. In red card cover with crumpled corners in otherwise good condition.
Description Glacial Drift Map of Co. Limerick,, 1966, by FM Synge (to accompany Soil Survey Bulletin, No.16). Flat colour print, 50 x 66.5cm. Pastel colours on grey base map; looks faded but is not. Bottom corners folded in. Clean and in good condition.