Portugal According to the Newest Observations

Method Copper engraved with hand colour
Artist Moll, Herman
Published By H. Moll Geographer. [London, c.1716]
Dimensions 255 x 180 mm
Notes A detailed map of Portugal, 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 Portugal divided into its six historic comarcas, each outlined in hand colour. A simple key in the top left corner, above a compass rose, provides icons for Archbishoprics, bishoprics, and universities.

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 of map along bottom and left edges of sheet. Trimmed close to border on right, as issued. Minor tear to centre of right margin, into border of map. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £100.00
Stock ID 48793