'Bedfordshire' by Thomas Moule / W. Schmollinger c.1837
A highly decorative 19th century map of Bedfordshire -- with views of Dunstable Priory and Woburn Abbey -- which was engraved by William Schmollinger and published in Thomas Moule's English Counties Delineated (London: G. Virtue, 1837-1839).
The Moule county maps were unusual for the period in that they were highly decorative. The scientific rationality of the late 18th & early 19th century had seen a move away from the flamboyance of earlier map making, emphasizing instead, a greater desire for accuracy and detail. Thomas Moule, like many of his contemporaries, however, was drawn to a more simplistic, pre-industrial age. This was clearly reflected in his maps with their neo-Gothic borders, heraldic shields and views of ancient buildings; ironically, the Moule maps issued later in the 1840s were amongst the first to show the newly constructed railways.
- This is an original steel engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 20.3cms by 27cms.
- The map is in very good condition, the bottom margin is close, as issued, but still mountable without loss. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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- Guaranteed to be over 175 years old.