A highly decorative 19th century Thomas Moule map of the Isle of Wight — with heraldic shields and a vignette view of Carisbrooke Castle — which appeared in Barclay’s Universal English Dictionary (London: G. Virtue, 1841-1849).
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 26.3cms by 20.1cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The right margin is close, as issued. 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 165 years old.