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Auction 115, Lot 22

"A New and Correct Map of the World Laid down according to the newest discoveries, and from the most exact observations", Moll, Herman

Subject: World

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: World Described

Color: Hand Color

38.5 x 22.5 inches
97.8 x 57.2 cm

Large double-hemisphere world map featuring the island of California, and partially mapped Australia and New Zealand. The hemispheres are surrounded by representations of the planets, the moon, a north polar projection, and the solar systems theories of Ptolemy and Copernicus. The title is enclosed in a banner-style cartouche at top, and at bottom is a large dedication cartouche to George II. Of particular interest is the vitriolic attack on Moll's competitors, particularly French cartographer Nicolas Sanson (whose maps have been condemned and found to be notoriously false). Moll goes on to claim the Dutch maps are inaccurate and often illegal piracies.


Condition: C

Trimmed to neatline and professionally backed with heavy Japanese tissue. Some minor loss at corners and in the unengraved parts of the title. Bit of insect damage near edges. The map is stable and still very presentable.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 6/21/2006