'ISLE OF THANET' (Kent) by Thomas Moule c.1840s
An interesting and decorative 19th century map of the Isle of Thanet -- with vignette views of Ramsgate Harbour and the North Foreland Lighthouse -- which appeared in Barclay's Complete & Universal English Dictionary (London: George Virtue & co., 1840s).
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 25cms by 20cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins. 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 160 years old.