Vic­to­rian Maps of Eng­land; The county and city maps of Thomas Moule

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Edited by John Lee, £30, Bats­ford/ Pav­il­lion, 9781849944977

Thomas Moule was one of this coun­try’s great­est car­tog­ra­phers and to­day there is a grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion of things car­to­graphic. Whether this is be­cause of the sat­nav shrink­ing map sales or just a widen­ing of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est, I don’t know, but this large for­mat vol­ume is stu­pen­dous. The an­cient land­scape, grow­ing in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of ex­pand­ing towns/cities/rail­ways is here all in mag­nif­i­cent de­tail. Moule’s ca­reer is ex­plained in con­text as a writer and an­ti­quary, show­ing his in­flu­ences and the emerg­ing car­to­graphic revo­lu­tion in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain.

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