|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||By H. Moll Geographer. [London, c.1716]|
|Dimensions||175 x 255 mm|
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 'West Part' of Barbary, covering modern day Morocco, Algeria, and the Western Sahara. The Sahara itself (called Zaara by Moll) is also entitled simply 'Desart.' Off the coast, the Canary Islands and Madeira are shown in detail, with the 'First Meridian' running through the island of El Hierro (the Ferro meridian).
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. Blank on verso.