|Method||Steel engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Engraved by J. Cleghorn. London. Published by G. Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane [c. 1836]|
|Dimensions||243 x 185 mm|
A map of the City and University of Oxford, featuring vignettes of Christ Church College and the spires of Oxford from the North, enclosed in a decorative English-gothic border. The colleges and public buildings of the University are labelled, as are the significant landmarks of the City, and the map is further embellished by the inclusion of the crests of the university, city, and the colleges. From Thomas Moule's 'The English Counties Delineated: or a Topographical Description of England'. Moule first published his highly decorative series of county maps in separate issues for each county between 1830 and 1832. In 1836 these were brought together in one work, by George Virtue & Co. They continued to appear in Rev. Barclay's Dictionary into the 1840's.
Originally a writer on heraldry and general antiquities, Thomas Moule (1784 - 1851) was born in Marylebone, London. From around 1816 to 1823 he was a Bookseller with a shop in Grosvenor Square, London. He then became an inspector of letters in the General Post Office, where his responsibilities included trying to 'read' illegible hand writing.
Condition: Small chip to right margin, now infilled. Minor tears to left margin. Minor time toning to edges of sheet.