Bedfordshire antique map. Antique parliamentary boundaries map of Bedfordshire showing Biggleswade, Luton, Sharnbrook, Bedford, Ampthill, Woburn, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable, Harrold and Shefford. Published in the Report of the Boundary Commissioners for England and Wales 1885. Zincographed Ordnance Survey map of Bedfordshire produced by R. Owen Jones, Royal Engineers. Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London.
The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 (48 & 49 Vict., c. 23) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was a piece of electoral reform legislation that redistributed the seats in the House of Commons, introducing the concept of equally populated constituencies, a concept in the broader global context termed equal apportionment, in an attempt to equalise representation across the UK. It was associated with, but not part of, the Reform Act 1884 .
Zincography was a planographic printing process that used zinc plates. Alois Senefelder first mentioned zinc’s lithographic use as a substitute for Bavarian limestone in his 1801 English patent specifications. In 1834, Federico Lacelli patented a zincographic printing process, producing large maps called géoramas. In 1837-1842, Eugène-Florent Kaeppelin perfected the process to create a large polychrome geologic map.