'ENVIRONS OF BATH AND BRISTOL' by Thomas Moule c.1837 (Proof Copy)
A detailed and attractive 19th century map of the Environs of Bath and Bristol -- with decorative views of Redcliffe Church -- which was produced for and published in Thomas Moule's English Counties Delineated (London: George Virtue, 1836-1839). This particular example is a rare and early proof copy.
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, emphasising 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 27cms by 20.6cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The right margin is very close but is still mountable with little 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.