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London by Thomas Moule and W. Schmollinger c. 1845


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London by Schmollinger for Thomas Moule
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Highly decorative map of London by William Schmollinger for Moule's English County maps if the rarest of all the 'Moule' maps.
This is a guaranteed, original antique (we do not sell modern reproductions) map dated circa 1845, with recent hand colouring.

Based on James Bingley's Environs Of London map published 3 Nov 1828 it has an oval foliate and cornucopia vignette border, with image of Old Father Thames bottom centre. The cornucopia contain fruit, flowers and wheat, representing agriculture, and ivory, gold chain, pearls, jewels and coins, representing commerce. Vignettes include 'New London Bridge', 'Suspension Bridge Hammersmith', 'Triumphal Arch', and the 'New Post Office'.

Condition: Good imprint, later hand colouring, framed

Title: An antique map of London for Moule by Schmollinger
Medium: Hand coloured engraving. Image Size: 210 x 270mm, 8.25 x 10.5 " approx.
Order No. 3077 Price: £395.00 framed Paper Size: 230 x 290mm, 9 x 11.5 " approx.
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Thomas Moule was a writer on heraldry and antiquities born in 1784 at St Marylebone in London. He carried on business as a bookseller in Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, from about 1816 until 1823, when he became Inspector of 'blind' letters in the General Post Office, his principal duties being the deciphering of such addresses as were illegible to the ordinary clerks. He also held, for many years, the office of Chamber-keeper in the Lord Chamberlain's Department which entitled him to an official residence in the Stable Yard of St James's Palace, where he died on 14 January 1851.

The well-known series of County Maps which are known as 'Moules' were first published in separate sections for each county in 1830-32 and they were then published in collected form in a two-volume work: The English Counties Delineated: or a Topographical Description of England: Illustrated by a Complete Series of County Maps by Thomas Moule: London: Published by George Virtue 1836. Further editions were brought out by Virtue (some with original hand-colouring of the maps) until about 1839. In 1841 the maps appeared in a publication entitled Barclays Complete and Universal English Dictionary with additions to the original plates showing the railways which had been constructed. Normally maps which come from this work are very close trimmed, often into the printed surface, as the format of the dictionary was slightly smaller than the original publication. They are the last series of decorative county maps to be published.

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