Sheet 15, Old Series 1". Dorset / Wiltshire. c1856, hand-coloured
Sheet 15, Old Series 1". Dorset / Wiltshire: Blandford, Salisbury, Ringwood. c1856, date trimmed but railways as inserted in 1888. Hand-coloured engraving, 58 x 79cm, dissected, mounted on linen and folded to 20 x 11cm between green card covers with index map as label. Trimmed to map edge except right edge to retain legend, Clean with bright colours and in very good condition, but rated as fair to good because dates trimmed.
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.