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.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
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.