Sheet 62se, 63sw, 54ne and 53nw Old Series 1". *1880. Warwickshire, Leicestershire. Four maps joined. Hand-coloured engraving
Sheet 62se, 63sw, 54ne and 53nw Old Series 1". *1880. Warwickshire, Leicestershire; Birmingham, Atherstone, Hinckley, Warwick, Coventry. Four maps joined. Hand-coloured engraving, 68 x 84cm. *Dates of north sheets trimmed in joining, dates taken southern sheets: Topography 1835, geology 1880, railways inserted 1884. Acquisition date from Library note on cover 1906. Cut, mounted on linen, and folded between purple bombazine covers 34 x 21cm. Soiled but bright colours. Wells marked and labelled around Coventry and related administrative boundary outlined in green. 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.