|Published||[In the Savoy, Printed by John Nutt, and Sold by Benjamin Barker and Charles King in Westminster-Hall. MDCCXI]|
|Dimensions||172 x 122 mm|
A series of illustrations proving the globular shape of the Earth, from the 1711 printing of Moll's Atlas Geographus, or, A Compleat System of Geography, Ancient and Modern. The chart is divided into four illustrations of the sun, earth, and moon, demonstrating the umbra that would be cast on the moon's surface from four differently shaped earths: a sphere, a triangle, a square or diamond, and a hexagon. On the spherical diagram, the division of night and day is also shown. Each diagram is captioned in Latin and English.
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: Time toning to sheet. Blank on verso.