Auction 154, Lot 413

"[Lot of 2] Lancashire [and] Cumberland",

Subject: Northern England

Period: 1802-48 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A. Lancashire, by Thomas Moule, circa 1844 (8.0 x 10.4"). This decorative map of Lancashire is divided into six hundreds and includes roads, railways, towns and cities, and topographical detail. It features a vignette of Nelson's Monument in Liverpool, created to commemorate Horatio Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. The map is surrounded by highly decorative border comprised of various creatures, fruit, and escutcheons, as well as a pillar with figures representing Science, Voyage, and Industry.

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. Condition: There are couple of short tears that just enter into the border at bottom, both of which have been closed with archival tape. (A)

B. Cumberland, by John Wilkes, dated 1802 (7.6 x 9.3"). This striking map of Cumberland locates roads, parks, towns and cities, forests, and more. Hadrian's Wall is depicted as a bold line and called Picts Wall. Conditon: Minor scattered foxing and faint toning. (B+)



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Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $40

Closed on 9/16/2015