"To her Most Sacred Majesty Carolina Queen of Great Britain, France & Ireland … This Map of Europe … is Most Humbly Dedicated…", Moll, Herman
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
37.7 x 23.2 inches
95.8 x 58.9 cm
Large-scale maps such as this map of Europe were very popular at the beginning of the 18th century, and Herman Moll's large maps were among the best English produced maps of the period. It shows the current political divisions and is filled with detail. It includes an inset showing the canal built by Peter the Great to connect the Volga and the Don, thus connecting the Caspian and Black Seas. On the main map, a dotted line illustrates the route from this canal through the Black Sea, the Bosphorus, the Aegean and Mediterranean to the Atlantic. The cartouche features the allegorical representations of the four continents, in a rather caricaturistic form, along with the portrait of the queen and the royal arms. This map first appeared in 1708 with a portrait and dedication to Queen Anne. This edition, with the portrait and dedication to Queen Caroline was likely published while she was Queen consort between 1727 and 1737. It included the imprints of Moll, P. Overton, I. King, and I. and T. Bowles. Printed on two sheets and backed with linen.
Herman Moll was one of Britain's most prominent cartographers of the first half of the 18th century. He emigrated from Germany and went to work as an engraver for Moses Pitt in 1678. Soon he joined one of London's most interesting social circles, which gathered at Jonathan's Coffee House, and included stock speculators, scientists, archaeologists, authors, pirates, and sea-captains. From these friends, Moll gained a great deal of privileged information that he compiled into his cartographic works. Moll's success and prosperity was due in part to his social connections and political astuteness, and to his distinctive style and quality workmanship. He produced a great number of often-innovative maps, charts, globes, atlases and geographies. His best known works are the large maps produced for his World Described (and also published separately) including this world map and the famous Beaver and Codfish maps of North America.
The map has been backed with linen at an early point in its history and bound into a large atlas. At that time, several tears at left and the folds were repaired. Overall toning with some paper lifted at bottom center. There is no top margin and the right side margin is trimmed into the border.