Sheet 44, Old Series 1". 1856. First edition. Gloucestershire, West Oxfordshire: Cheltenham, Chipping Campden
Sheet 44, Old Series 1". 1856. First edition. Gloucestershire, West Oxfordshire: Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Burford. Topography1831, geology 1856, watermark 1858, issued 1859. Hand-coloured engraving, 68.5 x 94.5cm, flat, clear plate marks, old centre-fold, library blind stamps light pencil librarian numbering and stencilled sheet no. in lower right corner. Smaller format of the central sheets of the Old Series projection. Minor marginal tears. Soiled uniformly, colours still bright. In 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.