Author: Moule, Thomas
Date published: 1870 circa
Steel engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size in off white fully conservation grade mount and backing with decorative v groove: 40.5cms x 35.2cms. Engraved area 258mm x 193mm. Very good condition. Shows railways. Highly decorative border with vignette views of Chester Cathedral and Eaton Hall at bottom of map. Seven coats of arms Key to the seven hundreds which are outlined in colour on the map. Good margins which is unusual with this map. Very good condition. Thomas Moule (1784-1851) was a scholar and writer on heraldry and antiquities who worked in London as a bookseller and later on worked in the Lord Chamberlain's department. The county maps for which he is best known were first published in the 1830's during the reign of William IV and re-issued in 1841, during the reign of Victoria. The original steel plates were used for all issues, but they were amended in the later edition to show the railways. These maps are very attractive and clearly printed. They were the last series of highly decorated maps to be published and they are very collectable both for their attractive and distinctive appearance and for the very fine quality of the engraved detail.
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