|[In the Savoy, Printed by John Nutt, and Sold by Benjamin Barker and Charles King in Westminster-Hall. MDCCXI]
|Image 125 x 90 mm, Sheet 228 x 165 mm
A woodcut illustration of an armillary sphere, the zodiacal band showing the names and alchemical symbols for the star signs, from the 1711 printing of Moll's Atlas Geographus, or, A Compleat System of Geography, Ancient and Modern.
Herman Moll (c.1654-1732) was born in Germany and came to England in the 1670s. He worked as an independent cartographer and geographer, and traded as a map publisher and seller for two years, and then worked for other publishers. Moll established his own business and eventually dominated the early eighteenth century map trade. He produced many maps and atlases of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. His county maps were all boldly engraved in a heavy style. Moll was also an active member in academic and intellectual circles, being a close associate of Daniel Defoe, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke, and, most importantly for his cartographic career, the pre-eminent English explorer of the era, William Dampier.
Condition: Letterpress text above and on verso. Minor foxing, time toning, and waterstaining to sheet.