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A New & Correct Map of the Whole World.
Herman Moll, London 1719 - Large engraved map measuring 715 x 1205 mm., comprising several conjoined sheets with contemporary handcolouring; strengthened at a few points along old folds, a most attractive map in a handsome timber frame. By a associate of Dampier and Rogers. Splendid map of the known world by Hermann Moll, the renowned mapmaker famous for his personal contact with English buccaneers including William Dampier. Accordingly, this map reflects contemporary knowledge of the Australian continent during the early eighteenth-century.Of German ancestry, Moll migrated to England around 1675 to escape regional warfare in the Hanseatic States. A skilled engraver by trade, he commenced working for established mapmakers including Moses Pitt and Greenville Collins. In 1688 Moll opened his first London store and relied less upon the patronage of other cartographers as his reputation grew. Over the coming decades his output was impressive, including numerous separately issued maps, geographical handbooks, atlases, and pocket globes. By the early eighteenth-century British maritime trade and expansion had assumed unprecedented global significance and required increasingly accurate cartography. Moll is justly famous for his personal contact with famous mariners of the era, including Woodes Rogers and William Dampier, both actively engaged in raiding Spanish gold on the Pacific coast of Mexico and South America (significantly, Dampier served as pilot for Rogers on his ambitious Pacific expedition of 1708-1711).Dampier's knowledge of the farthest regions of East Asia and New Holland was unparalleled, being the first Englishman to set foot on Australian soil in 1688. Moll engraved charts for the published accounts of both Rogers and Dampier; in return they supplied him with valuable first-hand geographical information, especially concerning Australasia, the South Pacific and East Indies. This gave Moll a competitive advantage over his competitors and contributed greatly to his reputation. Some of this rivalry is evident in the note engraved upon this map attacking Moses Pitt, the London mapmaker who had employed Moll many years earlier after his arrival in London. By 1719 there was clearly little affection between the two men, and Moll demolishes the New English Atlas recently published by Pitt with vitriolic enthusiasm: 'Notwithstanding the vast incouragement Pitts had by the subscriptions of Persons of Quality and others; he had so little regard to do 'em iustice?he purchased an impression of old and incorrect maps for his Pretended new atlas; adding only a few poorly perform'd Plates to it which I hope will be a sufficient caution to everybody, not to take anything of this kind for the future upon Trust and unexamined.' Indeed, Moll has since acquired a following amongst cartographic collectors for the verbose - and sometimes eccentric - commentaries he engraved upon his maps.In addition to its historical and cartographic significance, this world map is unusually attractive with a splendid large cartouche featuring African and Ottoman warriors, a native American archer and a European knight clustered around a cantankerous old lion.
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