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Auction 135, Lot 438

"[Lot of 3 ] Cheshire [and] Derbyshire [and] Shropshire", Moule, Thomas

Subject: England

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Barclays Complete and Universal English Dictionary

Color: Hand Color

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Thomas Moule (1784 – 1851) was a writer, bookseller, publisher, topographer and a scholar in heraldry. His varied career led him in 1830 to produce a series of English county map based on his own travel. He wrote that he has “with expensive diligence personally visited every county in England, excepting only Devonshire and Cornwall.” His maps were delicately engraved on steel in a highly decorative style, featured such embellishments as armorial bearings, figures, fancy borders and vignettes of local interest. This amount of ornamentation in mapmaking was unusual for the period as most mapmaker’s were instead creating scientifically accurate, austere works. His series of county maps were originally published in separate sections for each county (1830-32), then subsequently published in a two-volume work: The English Counties Delineated…, (1836). Beginning in 1841, the maps appeared in Barclays Complete and Universal English Dictionary.

Attractive lot of steel engraved maps providing detailed information of their respective counties, cities, towns, roads, canals and parks.

Cheshire, (10.2 x 7.5"). With vignette views of Chester Cathedral and Eaton Hall, coats of arms and elegant border.
Derbyshire, circa 1850, (7.5 x 10.5"). Vignettes of All Saints, Derby, Chatsworth, Matlock in 1790, and the entrance to the Peak Cavern surround the map along with a simple yet elegant border.
Shropshire, circa 1850, (8 x 10"). Decorated with engraved views, castles, knights, and coats of arms around the map. Trimmed close at bottom effecting scale of miles, as issued. Still a most decorative sheet with exceptional coloring.


Condition: A+

Each is fine with no flaws and bright color and impression. Shropshire is close trimmed at bottom, as issues.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $90

Closed on 2/16/2011