Rare reduction of William Smith's seminal geological map
By SMITH, William , 1844

A New Geological Map of England and Wales with the inland navigations; exhibiting the Districts of Coal and other Sites of Mineral Tonnage by W. Smith, Engineer.

British Isles Great Britain
  • Author: SMITH, William
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by G.F. Cruchle, Map-Seller & Globe Maker, 81 Fleet Street
  • Publication date: 1844
  • Physical description: Engraved map, fine original hand colour, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into blue tartan endpapers.
  • Dimensions: 780 by 645mm. (30.75 by 25.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17698


Rare reduction of William Smith’s seminal geological map; the first large scale, detailed scientific geological map of any country.

The present example, not recorded by Eyles in her census, bears the imprint of George Frederick Cruchley, who acquired much of Cary’s stock in 1844. Although the title has been re-engraved, the text remains the same. The title in the box below the title now reads ‘Tramways or Mineral Lines’, rather than ‘Railways’. The colouring of the geological features have changed, though the placement and naming remains the same.

We are unable to trace any institutional examples, of the present state.


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  4. H.D. Horblit, One hundred books famous in science: based on an exhibition held at the Grolier Club (New York: Grolier Club, 1964), 94
  5. Ruth A. Sparrow, Milestones of Science: Epochal books in the history of science as represented in the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, (Buffalo: Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, 1972), 180
  6. Simon Winchester, The Map that Changed the World (London: Harper Collins, 2001).