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Thomas Moule (1784-1851) was a noted historian, mapseller and publisher. His finest work is this, the ‘English Counties Delineated’, first published in 1837 following its issue in parts from May 1830 to the spring of 1836. This example is a third edition of 1839 with a previous years title to the second volume. The publisher was George Virtue (1793-1868) who used the same beautiful plates later in his publication of Rev. James Barclay’s ‘Dictionary’. The maps are considered the most attractive of all the later English county maps. They are embellished with topographical views, coats of arms and decorative borders. They were engraved by James Bingley (1796-1869), John Crane Dower (1791?-1847) and William Schmollinger (fl.1830-37). Bingley was born in Leicester and was in London by 1820, when he married in Chelsea. He was imprisoned for debt in 1833 at which time he was in partnership with Schmollinger. Dower was born in London and left a son John James Dower who was also an engraver. Schmollinger was also declared bankrupt in 1856. ‘One of the earliest atlases to show the beginnings of the railway network that was to cover Great Britain’ (Wardington Catalogue).

Thomas Moule wrote books on heraldry and antiquities. From 1816-23 he was a bookseller in Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London. He was then employed in the General Post Office to ‘interpret illegible addresses’ (BBTI), whilst also working as Chamber-Keeper in the Lord Chamberlain’s Department. The last position gave him a residence at St. James’s Palace where he died in 1851. After the completion of the parts issue sometime in 1836, the ‘English Counties Delineated’ appeared as a two-volume book in 1837, with subsequent editions in 1838 and 1839. The first edition included a frontispiece portrait of William IV, indicating its most likely publication before his death on 20 June 1837, the engraving was altered in the same year. Several pages of descriptive text accompany each county map. A large index ends volume two. Provenance: Burden collection duplicate acquired December 1996. British Book Trade Index; Campbell (1985); Carroll (1996) 95; refer Chubb (1927) 473; Sotheby’s Wardington sale 10 October 2006 lot 308; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

MOULE, Thomas

The English Counties Delineated; Or, A Topographical Description of England

George Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane Paternoster Row, London, 1839-38
Quarto (275 x 220 mm. each), two volumes, contemporary half calf, marbled paper boards, spine with ornate gilt raised bands, each compartment with ornate gilt decoration, gilt titles. With engraved frontispiece in the second state with Queen Victoria, engraved title ‘Englands Topographer’, typographic title page dated 1839, pp. xxvi, 484; title with vignette of Greenwich Hospital, typographic title page to second volume dated 1838, pp. (2), 582. Complete with 57 maps on 60 plates, comprising 2 general maps (1 folding, the other in 4 sheets), 42 maps of the English counties, 3 islands, 3 plans of London (2 folding, Boroughs wrinkled), 7 further plans of towns and environs, 1 further engraving of the ‘Principal Hills’, engraved frontispiece of Canterbury Cathedral bound with the Kent section, Monmouth lacking.
Stock number: 9544
£ 950
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