'UNIVERSITY AND TOWN OF CAMBRIDGE' by Thomas Moule c.1840s
A decorative and detailed 19th century Thomas Moule map of the City of Cambridge -- with the heraldic shields of the colleges and a vignette of Trinity Gatehouse -- which was published in Barclay's English Dictionary (London: Virtue & co., 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 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 25cms by 20.2cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The top 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 175 years old.