Auction 129, Lot 75

"A General and Particular Description of America", Moll, Herman

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Thesaurus Geographicus. A New Body of Geography…

Color: Black & White

7 x 7.5 inches
17.8 x 19.1 cm

This uncommon map is on a page with English text below the map and on verso. California is show as an island on the Briggs model with no place names given. To the northwest the wildly stretched coast of Jesso nearly touches California. Hudson Bay opens up to give an early hint of the Great Lakes. Santa Fe is named in New Mexico. Western Canada is labeled New North Wales. A huge and ill-defined coastline in the lower left is an early representation of New Zealand. The interesting text credits Americus Vesputius along with Columbus with the discovery of America. The ancients are credited with having knowledge of America, and Plato mentions Atlantis as that "which was overflowed by an horrible Earthquake, and extraordinary Rain." Extra titles are superimposed over the map due to a misalignment of the text.

References: McLaughlin #173.

Condition: B

A couple small spots in map. The full sheet is close trimmed at left and right edge has a short marginal tear and edge toning. Strong, dark impression.

Estimate: $325 - $450

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/23/2009