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Auction 135, Lot 440

"[Lot of 2] Bedfordshire [and] Cambridgeshire", Moule, Thomas

Subject: England

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication: Barclays Complete and Universal English Dictionary

Color: Hand Color

8 x 10.4 inches
20.3 x 26.4 cm

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.

This pair of attractive steel engraved maps provides detailed information of their respective counties, cities, towns, roads, canals and parks.

Bedfordshire, circa 1850. With vignette views of Woburn Abbey and Dunstable Priory, also coats of arms, a farmer and a nun all surrounded by an ornate border. One short marginal edge tear, otherwise fine. (A)

Cambridgeshire. Includes vignettes of Wimpole and Ely Cathedral and an elaborate border with coats of arms, a king and a priest. Fine example. (A+)



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Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 2/16/2011