‘ENVIRONS OF PLYMOUTH & DEVONPORT’ by Thomas Moule c.1840s


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A detailed and attractive 19th century map of the Environs of Plymouth & Devonport — with a decorative vignette of Plymouth Citadel — which was originally produced by Thomas Moule and published in Barclay’s Complete & Universal English Dictionary (London: G. Virtue, 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, 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 26.2cms by 20.3cms.
  • The map is in very good condition with adequate margins. There is a minor tear just entering the right border of the map and an inconspicuous crease in the bottom right. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
  • Click on ‘Delivery Policy’ for postage costs.
  • Guaranteed to be over 165 years old.
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