Sheet 37, Old Series 1". c1859. 1st edition. Glamorganshire coast between Aber Afon and Kidwelly incl. Gower Peninsula, Swansea. Topography1830
, watermark 1858, issued 1859. Geologists named but no geological date given. Hand-coloured engraving, 68.5 x 101cm, flat, clear plate marks but very close to top edge, old centre-fold, library blind stamps light pencil librarian numbering and stencilled sheet no. in lower right corner. Minor marginal tears, with small loss on right edge but not affecting plate area. Clean, bright colours. 55% sea area, legend in sea area. 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.