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Notes and references


Size is for folded front cover unless otherwise stated, the width is always the first given.
Date or printcode given on map. In brackets if from other sources.

[1] Cover designs also recorded on Geological Survey maps at 25 miles to the inch, and at quarter-inch and one-inch scales

[2] Integral or direct printed covers. These were never laminated

[3] Maps on which cover No 28 has been recorded, presumably before the individual covers had been prepared. First used in 1919 on A Description of the Ordnance Survey Small Scale Maps

[4] These cover designs are uniform in that each is bordered by a black frame, with its title written on a scroll

[5] These maps also issued in atlases. 13.1a: England & Wales, 1922, and Scotland, 1924, both in maroon cloth binding, and Great Britain, 1924 in green half leather binding. All titles with gold lettering, possibly designed by Arthur Palmer. No 112 appeared in loose-leaf atlas form in 1967

[6] Some titles (eg London (North)/(South)) with superscription "Special Sheet Popular Edition", doubtless to distinguish them from similarly named Third Edition sheets which had also appeared in this cover before being superseded

[7] These cover designs remained in use after 1945, sometimes until the maps themselves were superseded

[8] The waterproofing method invented by Colonel C.O. Place of the Royal Engineers involved impregnating a special paper with a solution that permeated it completely. First used by Ordnance Survey in about 1929, the technique was applied both to military and civilian maps. Usually map covers either bore a legend referring to the waterproof paper, or were adorned by the colophon that Martin designed in 1929 to advertise the product, a roundel view of a man map-reading in pouring rain (see No 24). Later methods of waterproofing maps tried by Ordnance Survey included the “new water-resisting paper” used experimentally on the 1936 Half-inch map The Peak District (No 70), “Syntosil” paper on the 1967 Greater London One-inch map (No 121), and “Polyart” tear and water resistant material on nine Outdoor Leisure maps from July 1980 (Nos 146, 149, 151, 153, 155, 160, 161). The latest method was first applied to the Mountainmaster of Ben Nevis (Outdoor Leisure 32|) in 1989. Most covers incorporate a note reflecting the special quality of the map inside

[9] Major G.K. Ansell of the Inniskillings devised a patent system of back-to-back map folding which was copyrighted by Stanford’s in January 1906. It was used experimentally by Ordnance Survey in the 1930’s, and again immediately after the war, mainly on maps intended for use in the car

[10] The filigree border used on these maps also appears in A Description of the Ordnance Survey Small-Scale Maps, 1935

[11] Covers which have been recorded in both unlaminated and laminated versions

[12] added to a date is that of the introduction of the design

[13] covers exists in laminated and unlaminated form

[14] integral cover

[15] waterproof cover

[16] "Ordnance Survey" at the foot of the cover

[17] Dates for which there is supporting evidence for the independent introduction of a cover design

The Artists
ATC Arthur Tom Chester
AF Alfred Furness [photographer]
BHT Brian Hope-Taylor
RASH Reginald Augustus Schubert Horner
EJH Edward John Hoy
MJ M. Jackson
RAJ Reginald Arthur Jerrard
KTK unidentified
CL Christine Lewis
EM Ellis Martin
GM Gary Meadows
YM Yolande Moden
AP Arthur Palmer
SPR Stanley Phillip Reeves
FJS Frederick John Salmons
FS Frederick Sands
HT Harry Titcombe
CIV C.I. Vann
JCTW John Christopher Temple Willis

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Roger Hellyer, September 1988/rev. January 1989/2rev. October 1989/3rev. April 1990
Uploaded to Charles Close Society website June 2017