Sheet 51nw drift, Old Series 1". 1882, 1st edition. Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire: St Ives, Ely, the Fens. Topography 1836,
Sheet 51nw drift, Old Series 1". 1882, 1st edition. Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire: St Ives at west edge, Burwell in SE corner, Ely and the Fens in NE. Topography 1836, geology 1882, issued 1888. Hand coloured engraving 39.5 x 55cm. Flat, linen-backed, soiled but bright colours, old folds on map edges, pinholes in corners, trimmed tight to text on left, library stamp and annotations. 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.