'SOMERSETSHIRE' by Thomas Moule c.1840s

'SOMERSETSHIRE' by Thomas Moule c.1840s
SKU: moul/some/004

A decorative and detailed 19th century Thomas Moule map of Somerset, with heraldic shields and a vignette view of Glastonbury Cross, which was 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 27.2cms by 21.4cms.
  • The map is in very good condition. The left margin is cropped and the right one is close as issued (the margins are usually close / cropped with Somerset Moules). 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.