Sheet 20, Old Series 1". Somerset, Bristol Channel, Quantocks Glamorgan, 1884. 40% sea.
Sheet 20, Old Series 1". Somerset, Bristol Channel, Quantocks Glamorgan, 1884. Base map 1809, railways inserted 1884, no geol dates. 40% sea. Portlock on west edge, Bridgewater on east Barry on north shore. Hand-coloured engraving, 68 x98cm, cut and mounted on linen and folded between marbled Stanfords covers with original red cloth-covered sleeve, which has a tear in the bottom right corner but otherwise is only lightly worn. Pinhole in one corner and very slightly soiled. In good to very good condition.
About the England & Wales One Inch Old Series
The Geological Survey of England and Wales used the Old Series of the Ordnance Survey topographic map at a scale of one inch to the mile as its basemap, initially. These engraved basemaps were published and revised between 1805 and 1885; the sheet sizes varied and the layout and numbering system were eccentric. The Old Series geological maps were hand-coloured and without geological sections, which were published separately. The GS of E&W published the Old Series from 1850 to 1900, when it switched to the colour printing and the New Series one inch maps. However, old stock of the Old Series continued to be issued, hand-coloured, until the 1930s.