Graecia Antiqua Sophiani

Method Copper engraved with hand colour
Artist Moll, Herman
Published H. Moll Sculp. [London, c.1716]
Dimensions 230 x 350 mm
Notes A detailed map of the ancient Greek world, 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 classical Greek world, divided into its historic regions, following the geography of Nikolaos Sophianos. The various ancient regions, kingdoms, and states, corresponding to modern southern Italy, Croatia, Albania, Greece, the southern Balkans, and Turkey, are outlined in hand colour.

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 and horizontal folds as issued. Trimmed to border at bottom left, as issued. Minor time toning to margins. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £100.00
Stock ID 48810