Germany

Method Copper engraved with hand colour
Artist Moll, Herman
Published By Herman Moll Geographer. [London, c.1716]
Dimensions 180 x 252 mm
Notes A detailed map of Germany, engraved by Moll as part of a suite of maps published as Twenty four new and accurate maps of the several parts of Europe, all (except the last) new done, according to the latest observations. The extent to which these maps were 'new done' is open to debate, as it appears many were reworkings of Moll's earlier plates. Certainly subsequent to this, most were reused in other publications, including later printings of Moll's most famous work the Thesaurus Geographicus and its successor the Atlas Geographus. This particular example shows the Holy Roman Empire at the time of the War of the Spanish Succession, divided into its constituent states and encompassing modern Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and parts of Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. The borders of each state are outlined in hand colour, as are the neighbouring borders of Poland, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Spanish Netherlands (Belgium), the United Provinces (Netherlands), and Denmark.

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: Vertical folds as issued. Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £60.00
Stock ID 48798

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