|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||By H. Moll Geographer. [London, c.1716]|
|Dimensions||178 x 255 mm|
A detailed map of Italy, 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 Italy essentially divided into north and south, with the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily (including Sardinia) outlined in yellow, and the Papal States, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Duchy of Savoy, and the city states and republics of Milan, Venice, Genoa and others outlined in blue. Istria, part of modern Croatia, is shown as Venetian territory, and the Trento, now part of Italy, as part of the Holy Roman Empire.
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. Blank on verso.