|Method||Steel engraved with hand colour|
|Published||London, Published by G. Virtue, 26 Ivy Lane, June 1, 1843.|
|Dimensions||192 x 263 mm|
A decorative map of the Isle of Man, outlined in hand colour and with principal towns picked out in red. The map is enclosed in an elaborate border of gothic tracery, with the Manx triskelion crest at centre. At the bottom of the sheet, an allegorical figure of Mona rests on a turbulent sea shore, a spear-headed banner-pole in one hand and a harp in the other.
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.