|Method||Steel engraved with hand colour|
|Dimensions||203 x 259 mm|
A decorative map of the county of Middlesex. The map shows the borders of the Hundreds, principal towns and villages, and the railways. London is depicted as a simplified city map within the county. Vignettes in the top left and bottom right corners show Westminster Bridge and the New Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. The map is enclosed in a typical ornamental border featuring tritons and dryads, as well as numerous 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 platemark, as issued. Binder's holes and creasing to top margin, not affecting map. Blank on verso.