'YORKSHIRE, NORTH RIDING.' by Thomas Moule c.1840s
A decorative and detailed early 19th century map of the North Riding of Yorkshire, with heraldic shields and an inset view of York Minister, which was produced by Thomas Moule and published in Barclay's Complete & Universal English Dictionary (London: George Virtue, 1841).
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 27cms by 19.7cms.
- The map is in very good condition. The left and right margins are shaved and the top margin 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 160 years old.