Auction 130, Lot 433

"[Lot of 2] The English Counties Delineated; or, A Topographical Description of England. Vol. I [and] Vol. II", Moule, Thomas

Subject: Atlas - England

Period: 1838 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 11 inches
22.9 x 27.9 cm

This complete two volume atlas is filled with very attractive maps including, as the title continues, a "Map of London, and a Complete Series of County Maps." Moule was an authority on heraldry and most of his maps here are embellished with armorials, vignettes and other features. This is considered the last series of British maps published in the tradition of decorative armorial cartography. Typical of many maps is Kent which is decorated with a complicated border with coats-of-arms and other embellishments, fine views of Rochester and Dover in bottom corners, and the large inset view "Greenwich Hospital" at upper right. Volume I has approximately thirty engraved maps including the large folding "Metropolitan Boughs," the circular Environs of London map, five maps of England, the thematic Principle Hills in Great Britain and another 23 county maps. Volume II has approximately 27 county maps including the Isle of Man with a crowned allegorical female figure holding the pennant of Mona, the ancient Roman name for the island. The 4to volumes are hardbound in old cloth with quarter red leather. Both with frontis and two title pages, text (vol. 1 484pp; vol. 2 582pp), maps, both share an extensive common index locating volume one or two and the page number for thousands of places. Published in London by George Virtue.


Condition: B

First folding map of England has several water stains. The large folding map of London is very nice. Some of the maps have overall foxing, others are very clean. The map University and Town of Cambridge is lacking its lower right corner and is professionally laid on backing paper. The leather on the spines of both is worn, cracking and brittle, corners bumped, contents tight and complete.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 12/2/2009