|Method||Steel engraved with hand colour|
|Published||[Published by James S. Virtue, London, 1848]|
|Dimensions||271 x 208 mm|
A decorative map of the Isle of Wight, from 'A Complete and Universal English Dictionary of the English Language', by the Rev. James Barclay. The borders of the island are outlined in hand colour, and the map is further embellished by a vignette of Carisbrooke Castle, and a number of armorials.
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: Trimmed within plate mark as issued. Printers holes along top margin. Minor creasing to corners of sheet.