Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
STRATA: William Smith's Geological Maps
Foyalty 150

STRATA: William Smith's Geological Maps (Hardback)

Pre-order for despatch on publication.


This comprehensive evaluation showcases Smith's 1815 hand-coloured map, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland, displayed in its original 15 sheets with explanatory colour key.

The introduction traces Smith's early career as a surveyor and engineer, and clarifies his purpose in creating the geological map, including its use in industry, agriculture and the arts. The main part of the book is organized into four geographical sections, each beginning with four sheets from the 1815 map, accompanied by related geological cross sections and county maps (1819-24), and followed by sections of Sowerby's fossil illustrations, organized by strata (1816-19). Interleaved between the map and fossil sections are four essays by leading academics that each focus on the people and industries that benefited from the knowledge imparted by Smith's work during the period of the industrial revolution: the miners searching for minerals and coal, the builders needing freestone, limestone and brick-earth, the farmers seeking fossil manures and the colourmen creating pigments. The book concludes with a reflection on Smith's later work as an itinerant geologist and surveyor, his receipt of the first Wollaston Medal in 1831, and the influence of his geological mapping and biostratigraphical theories on the sciences, culminating in the establishment of the modern geological timescale.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsHistorical geographyHistorical maps & atlases Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Publication Date: 22/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9780500252475  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Pre-order for despatch on publication. Pre-Order

Oxford University Museum of Natural History Museum holds an unrivalled William Smith collection, including not only his 1815 map and unpublished county maps but also his vast archive of diaries, letters, published works, charts and plans.

More books by Oxford University Museum of Natural History

More books by Robert Macfarlane

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
Free UK Standard Delivery on Orders Over £20 (2nd Class)     3-5 Days
UK Standard Delivery (2nd Class) £2.75 £0.00 3-5 Days
UK 1st Class Delivery £3.75 £0.00 1-2 Days
Click and Collect / 
Delivery to a Foyles Bookshop
Free Free From 2 hours - Individual item delivery times given at checkout
UK Courier £7.95 £0.00 1 Working Day
Western Europe**Airmail £9.00 £1.00 7-8 Days
Rest of World Airmail £12.50 £1.00 7-10 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Click and Collect is available for all our shops; collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.

Delivery Help & FAQs

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Breaking Through: Understanding...
Wilfrid Greaves; P. Whitney Lackenbauer
Breaking Through: Understanding...
Wilfrid Greaves; P. Whitney Lackenbauer
British Historic Towns Atlas Volume...
Alan Crossley
The Life of Permafrost: A History of...
Pey-Yi Chu
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close