'SHROPSHIRE' by Thomas Moule c.1840s
A detailed and very decorative 19th century Thomas Moule map of Shropshire, with attractive vignettes of Ludlow Castle, Bridgenorth and the Grammar School in Shrewsbury, which was published in Barclay's Universal English Dictionary (London: G. Virtue, 1841-1852).
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 20.5cms by 26.4cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins. There is a minor tear in the lower right border not touching the printed area. 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.