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 50x36in (125x91cm) map, but it really looks beautiful at the larger sizes.

Smith's colourful and 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.

I have some other large maps. Check them out:

- Large old maps of London up to 4 metres wide:
https://uniquemaps.co.uk/collections/old-maps-of-london/products/giant-old-map-of-london-1746-1788-or-2250-big-custom-map-up-to-4-metres-13ft-to-fit-your-wall

- Large maps of the UK:
https://uniquemaps.co.uk/products/large-old-map-of-uk-british-isles-england-scotland-wales-ireland-up-to-4m-13ft-1611-1854-vintage-wall-art-framed-or-unframed


 

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.

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

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

Please note that framed maps larger than 100cm/40 inches take longer to make and delivery is usually within 10 working days. I will get in touch with you to discuss the specifics of delivery.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 5 working days after you order.

Coronavirus is still causing random delays and some maps can take longer to arrive. If you need your map to arrive in time for an important date, please contact me before you order and I'll do my best to get the map to you on time.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 working days. Please note that framed maps will usually take a little longer.

Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!

Read my full shipping policy

If you want a frame that's a specific colour or material, or want your map mounted/matted, please get in touch. I work with specialist framers around the world and have hundreds of framing options - so we should be able to find a frame that suits your decor/aesthetic.

Read more about how I can custom frame and mount/mat your old map.

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!

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.

Learn more about my map personalisation service.

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

Fill in the form below, message us on WhatsApp, or call the workshop on 020 3286 8802 (UK)

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We find and restore the finest and rarest old maps. We guarantee you won't find higher quality prints of old maps anywhere else.

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