|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||[London, c. 1724]|
|Dimensions||193 x 315 mm|
A finely engraved county map of Sussex, featuring vignettes in the border with locally excavated antiquities. Herman Moll's county maps were first published in 'A New Description of England and Wales' in 1724. The maps were reissued in various editions by the Bowles brothers and C. Rivington after Moll's death, until the last publication in 1753.
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: Minor overall time toning. Strong impression with fine hand colouring, but overall water damage. Wormholes to bottom left, not affecting image.