Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art
Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art

Rare William Smith Geology Map of England, Scotland & Wales, 1815 - Up to 5 meters (16ft) - Vintage Wall Art

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Behold! One of the rarest and finest old maps of England, Wales and Scotland (with guest appearances from Ireland and France): William Smith's 1815 geological map of the British Isles.

This was the first ever geology map of a nation, and only a few hundred were ever made. This is one of the finest examples of the map, and I have lovingly restored it so that it looks perfectly old, but still beautiful, eye-catching and colourful.

Please get in touch if you'd like a larger framed map, or if you'd like to customise your map. I can make the map wider or narrower to fit your space. This map would look particularly amazing in a pub, bar, restaurant, office, hotel lobby or other large reception space.

The original map was originally published in 15 pieces and was 2.5 metres tall. If you buy either the 24x18in or 36x24in prints, please be aware that the smallest place names will not legible without a magnifying glass. I would recommend buying at least the 50 inch (127cm) tall map, but it really looks beautiful at the larger sizes.

Smith's colourful geological map was based on his observation that rock strata (layers) could be easily identified by the fossils they contained. He realised that the layers seemed to appear in the same order, and that it was possible to work out where specific rock types would be found across the country.

Smith’s map and ideas were novel and fundamental, laying the founding principles for geological surveys worldwide. His concept of identifying rocks by their fossils is still important today.

If you are looking for a lovely geological map that would work at a smaller size, check out this one by Murchison in 1843, or one of the whole British Isles by Edward Forbes in 1854 (including fossils!)

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

My standard frame is a black wood frame. It is simple and quite modern looking. On maps up to 36 inches (91cm) the frame is 2cm (0.75in) wide. I use thicker frames on larger maps - usually between 35 and 60mm (1.4in to 2.4in).

In all cases I use super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite) for the frame glass. It's lighter and safer than glass - and it looks better, as the reflectivity is lower.

All frames are provided "ready to hang", with either a string or brackets on the back. Very large frames will have heavy duty hanging plates and/or a mounting baton. If you have any questions... always get in touch!

If you want a different frame colour or material, click "customise your frame" before adding it to your basket. Learn more about my custom framing and mounting/matting.

Alternatively, I can also supply old map on canvas, foam board, cotton rag and other materials.

If you want to frame your map yourself, please read my map size guide first.

 

For most orders, delivery time is about 3 working days. Personalised orders can take longer, as I have to do the personalisation and send it to you for approval, which usually takes a day or two.

As Christmas draws closer, please take a look at my Christmas delivery deadlines.

Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

If you need your order to arrive by a certain date, please contact me before you order so that we can find the best way of making sure you get your order in time.

I have production facilities all around the world where I print and frame maps. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

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If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order we will prioritise your order and send it out by 1-day courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce).

We are able to next-day delivery in some cases if you order before 10am. But usually it's best to contact me first before you order.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

Learn more about how the Unique Maps Co. sources and restores old maps

Map personalisation

If you want to make your old map really unique, I am able to personalise your map with a short message, for example:

- "Happy birthday, Ben! From Mum & Dad"

- "To My Beloved. Let's Explore The World Together!"

This message will be added to the map in such a way that it looks just like a real part of the map.

Select the "Personalise Map" option above if you'd like to add map personalisation to your map.

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Get in touch if you're looking for more complex customisations and personalisations.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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