Historical Maps and Books

Historical Maps and Books

This section includes reproductions of several historic maps, by William Smith and James MacCulloch, plus books on related topics.

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1 A Geological Map & Memoir of England & Wales 1819 by G.B. Greenough [Folded Map]

George Bellas Greenough was the founding president of the Geological Society. He published his geological map of England and Wales complete with topography and interesting annotations in 1820. This set includes a full size reproduction of the G B Greenough first edition Geological map of England and Wales, no.189 (The map is dated 1 November 1819 but was not published until 1 May 1820) Printed as a set of 4 folded quarters, NE, SE, SW, NW with accompanying 24 page memoir in a slip case. Reproduced from an original held in the British Geological Survey Library. [Folded Map]

Author G B Greenough Format Folded Map
ISBN 9786000014131 Scale 6 miles to the inch
Sheet(s) Covered 189 Year Published 1819


2 Geological map of London and its Environs, R W Mylne, 1871 [Flat Map]

The first comprehensive geological map of London and its environs was published in 1856 by Robert William Mylne. He was part of a celebrated dynasty of Scottish architects, water engineers and surveyors, and the son of William Chadwell Mylne, who was Engineer to the New River Company. Mylne himself had created a large practice as a consulting water engineer, and in 1856 published his ‘Map of the geology and contours of London and its Environs’ at a scale of 4 miles to the inch. This was followed by a smaller version entitled ‘Geological map of London and its Environs’ at a scale of 1:45 000. This was an important map in its day: it was first published in 1856 in a period of great change in the understanding of public health and disease in cities, and the need for major public works such as improved water supply and sewerage systems. A detailed geological map was essential. This 1871 edition of the map has now been reproduced by the BGS, at its original size. It gives a glimpse into the fascinating history of urban development in London in the mid 19th century — a wonderful map for any London historian. Map size: 70 x 48 cm. [Flat Map]

Author Mylne, R W Format Flat Map
ISBN 9780751835748 Year Published 2008


3 MacCulloch's 1840 Geological Map of Scotland [Flat Map]

In 1814, John MacCulloch was appointed to begin a geological investigation along meridian lines in Scotland, to find a more suitable mountain than Schiehallion to calculate the Earth's mean density. He used this opportunity to geologically survey Scotland, and in 1821 applied to the Board of Ordnance to publish his map. Nothing came of this, despite his threats to hang or shoot himself if he didn't get his own way. MacCulloch's map was eventually published in 1836, a year after the author died in a carriage accident on his honeymoon (aged 61). …more…

Format Flat Map ISBN 9780751835007
Year Published 2007  


4 William Smith 1815 A4 print in A3 mount [Flat Map]

This is a miniature A4 print of William Smith's 1815 geological map in an A3 mount [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
ISBN 9786000009472 Year Published 2014


5 William Smith 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales with part of Scotland (reproduction) [Flat Map]

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 …more…

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
ISBN 9780751834178 Year Published 2003


6 William Smith 1815 geological Map of England and Wales with part of Scotland (reproduction) [Folded Map]

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 book: The Map that Changed the World. …more…

Author William Smith Format Folded Map
ISBN 9780751837889 Year Published 2014


7 William Smith's 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales (Liverpool Geological Society) [Flat Map]

This reproduction map was published by the Liverpool Geological Society: it bears a caption to this effect at the bottom of the map. [Flat Map]

Author Liverpool Geological Society Format Flat Map
ISBN XLIV1815 Year Published 2001


8 William Smith’s 1820 Geological Map of England and Wales (reproduction) [Flat Map]

A New Geological Map of England and Wales, with the Inland Navigations; Exhibiting the Districts of Coal and other Sites of Mineral Tonnage. (Original Title) By W Smith, Engineer. 1820.
This map has been digitally re-created from an original of William Smith’s 1820 map held in the BGS Library. The original was in sections, mounted on linen and folded. This reproduction has had most of the section-marks and folds removed. …more…

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
ISBN 9786000005306 Year Published 2002


9 William Smith’s county map of Berkshire [Flat Map]

William Smith's county map of Berkshire. The original map was produced in 1819; this reproduction in 1993, is from a copy held at the Natural History Museum in London. Poster size: 55 x 50 cm (landscape format). [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
Year Published 1993  


10 William Smith’s county map of Durham [Flat Map]

William Smith's county map of Durham. The original map was produced in 1824; this reproduction in 1993, is from a copy held at the Natural History Museum in London. Poster size: 55 x 50 cm (landscape format). [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
Year Published 1993  


11 William Smith’s county map of Gloucestershire [Flat Map]

William Smith's county map of Gloucestershire. The original map was produced in 1820; this reproduction in 1993, is from a copy held at the Natural History Museum in London. Poster size: 50 x 56 cm (portrait format). [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
Year Published 1993  


12 William Smith’s county map of Oxfordshire [Flat Map]

William Smith's county map of Oxfordshire. The original map was produced in 1820; this reproduction in 1993, is from a copy held at the Natural History Museum in London. Poster size: 50 x 54 cm (landscape format). [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
Year Published 1993  


13 William Smith’s county maps of Berkshire, Durham, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire (set of 4) [Flat Map]

A set of four of William Smith's county maps originally produced in 1824;: Berkshire, Durham, Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire. These reproductions were published in 1993, from copies held at the Natural History Museum in London. Poster size: 55 x 50 cm (landscape format). [Flat Map]

Author William Smith Format Flat Map
Year Published 1993  


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