Sheet 53nw /54ne, Old Series 1". c.1890s. Warwickshire Coventry, Warwick . Hand coloured engravings
Sheet 53nw /54ne, Old Series 1". c.1890s. Warwickshire Coventry in east half, Warwick at south edge. Hand coloured engravings, 2 sheets, 53nw, 54n joined, dates trimmed off, 1905 on cover. Cut, mounted on linen and folded between dark green leather effect cloth-covered boards with Coventry Water Corporation label, pencil notes around Coventry. In fine 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.