'SURREY' by T. Moule / W. Schmollinger c.1836 (with Original Hand Colur)
A decorative and detailed 19th century map of Surrey with inset views of Dulwich College & Richmond Bridge which was engraved by William Schmollinger and published in Thomas Moule's English Counties Delineated (London: G. Virtue, 1836 -1837). This particular example is a rarer early edition with original hand colour and includes the often lost pages of text.
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 building; 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 26.5cms by 20.1cms.
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins. Click on image for a better view.
- The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
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