|Method||Steel engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Engraved for Moules' English Counties by W.Schmollinger [c. 1837]|
|Dimensions||190 x 230 mm|
An uncommon map of London and its then environs, from 'The English Counties Delineated or a Topographical Description of England'. The oval map shows the area around what is now central London from Hanwell in the West, Finchley in the North, Barking in the East, and Norwood in the South.
Thomas Moule (1784-1851) was a British writer, engraver, cartographer, and antiquarian. Originally a writer on Heraldry and general antiquities, Moule was born in Marylebone, London. From around 1816 to 1823 he was a bookseller, from his 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. His highly decorative series of county maps were first published 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.
Condition: Overall time toning, mainly to edges of the sheet.