The East Part of Barbary Containing Tunis, Tripoli, Barca, Egypt, Nubia, Part of Biledulgerid and Zaara or Desart

Method Copper engraved with hand colour
Artist Moll, Herman
Published By Herman Moll Geographer. [London, c.1716]
Dimensions 180 x 260 mm
Notes A detailed map of North Africa, engraved by Moll as part of a suite of maps published as Forty-two new maps of Asia, Africa, and America. All engrav'd, according to the latest observations. Despite the title of the work, as was the case for many atlases featuring maps by Moll few of these plates were wholly newly engraved, with many being updated or reengraved versions of Cluver maps which Moll and Senex had prepared for publication in English editions of Cluver's Introductio in Universam Geographicam. Subsequent to this, most were reused again 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 'East Part' of Barbary, covering modern day Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Egypt and Nubia (Sudan) is also shown in detail, and the Sahara (Zaara) is referred to simply as 'ye Desart.' Adjoining parts of Arabia, Turkey, Greece, and Italy are shown only in superficial detail, though a boxed map in the top right provides a relatively detailed plan of Malta and Gozo.

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. Some vertical creases. Minor foxing to title cartouche. Blank on verso.
Framing unmounted
Price £90.00
Stock ID 48708

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