'SHROPSHIRE' by Thomas Moule / James Bingley c.1836
A highly decorative 19th century map of Shropshire by Thomas Moule with attractive vignettes of Ludlow Castle, Bridgenorth and the Grammar School in Shrewsbury. This particular example comes from the earlier Moule's English Counties Delineated (London: 1836) which, as well as being a crisp impression, is in rare original hand colour. The map was engraved by James Bingley.
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 (1784-1851), 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 original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 20.4cms by 26.6cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The top margin is close, as issued. The other margins are adequate. 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 170 years old.