Sheet 62, Old Series 1" four maps joined. 1850s. Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire. Hand-coloured engraving
Sheet 62, Old Series 1" four maps joined. 1850s. Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire: Tamworth, Dudley, Birmingham, Ashby de la Zouche. Hand-coloured engraving, 67 x 81cm. Some dates trimmed in the joining. From 62sw & se topography is 1833, geology is 1855. Issue stamps on 62nw & ne 1858 & 1859. Cut, mounted on linen, and folded to 22 x 13cm without covers. Linen is worn but still sound. Soiled, age-toned. Dull colours. Very worn. Estate boundaries (coal) and water wells neatly drawn in NE around Measham and Appleby Magna . Geological legends trimmed and glued to overlap on ‘piano key’ border. In poor to 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.