Author: Moule, Thomas
Date published: 1841 circaSteel engraving ; later hand colouring. 32.3cms x 42 cms. Engraved size : 192mm x 265mm.. Overall size in off white fully conservation mount with decorative v groove. Inset vignettes of Northampton, Althorpe House and Peterborough Cathedral. Seven shields in bottom border and the view of Peterborough Cathedral is surmounted by the fine Gothic structure, called Queen's Cross, erected by Edward I in memory of his queen Eleanor. Key to the 20 hundreds is next to the Cross. Highly decorative map in 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.