Sheet 26, Old Series 1". Devon: Okehampton, Hartland, Appledore
Sheet 26, Old Series 1". Devon: Okehampton, Hartland on west edge Appledore on north, N.Molton on NE corner. Topographic date 1809, other dates omitted, typical of 1st editions in West Country, ca. 1850, no issue date. Hand-coloured engraving, flat with old centre-fold, 68 x102cm. Plate skewed on paper so that sheet number in upper right corner is half cut off and plate mark is lost at top edge. Stencilled number in lower right corner. Colours are light, not faded. Clean and in 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.