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William Smith's 1820 Map

William Smiths 1820 map of England and Wales

This is a reproduction of the updated edition of Smith's 1820 map, giving detail of the coal and mineral reserves of England and Wales.

The map is identical in size to the original: 63.5 cm by 76.5 cm. It has been reproduced from an original of the 1820 map held in the BGS Library, and printed on high-quality paper.

Colours have been matched as closely as possible to the original. Smith's 1820 map was split into sections, bound on to linen and folded; these section marks have been removed digitally, and this reproduction is free from fold-lines. The map is sold unframed and will be dispatched rolled in a cardboard tube.

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William Smith's County Maps

Smith produced 'County' maps of 21 English counties. Four of these county maps have been reproduced on high-quality paper, from copies held at the Natural History Museum in London.

Maps are dispatched in a cardboard tube and cost £10 each plus £1.95 P&P.

Berkshire
55 by 50 cm
Durham
55 by 50 cm
Gloucestershire
50 by 56 cm
Oxfordshire
50 by 54 cm
Berkshire map extract
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Durham map extract
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Gloucester map extract
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Oxford map extract
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William Smith's 1815 Map

William Smith 1815 map

Description: Original Title: A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales with part of Scotland; exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and fen lands originally overflowed by the sea, and the Varieties of Soil according to the variations in the Substrata, illustrated by the most Descriptive Names by W Smith.

This is a reproduction of William Smith's famous 1815 geological map of 'England and Wales with part of Scotland' (series 53, issued between 2nd Nov 1815 and 17th Dec 1815). Smith's 1815 map was the subject of Simon Winchester's bestselling book, The Map that Changed the World.

This map was never published as a single sheet. The large size of the original map and the size of the printing presses in the early 19th century meant that it had to be published in fifteen sections, each folded into six 'panels'. We scanned the original panels held in the BGS Library, and digitally removed the joins. At its original scale of five miles to the inch, the map would have been eight feet long by six feet wide if it had ever been published as a single sheet. Our reproduction is published at half scale: ten miles to the inch, and is colour-matched to the original.

The reproduction map size is 1330 x 930mm (portrait) and will be sent rolled in a cardboard tube.

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