Sheet 32 Old Series 1". 1856. Cornwall, the Lizard peninsula. Topography dates from original in 1809,
Sheet 32 Old Series 1". 1856. Cornwall, the Lizard peninsula. Topography dates from original in 1809, water mark 1854, issued 1856. No geological dates as was typical of first edition in west country. Hand-coloured engraving, 68 x 101 cm, flat with clear plate marks, with old centre fold and library blind stamps. Legend absent as in earliest issues. Very age-toned all over. Tears at top and bottom of fold. tear with loss to right margin but outside map border. Minor marginal tears, one across map border in sea area. Sea area 90%. Lightly soiled. In fair 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.