"Arabia Agreable to Modern History", Moll, Herman
Period: 1715 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
10.3 x 7.8 inches
26.2 x 19.8 cm
By the early eighteenth century European knowledge of the coastlines of Africa and India had advanced considerably, and the interiors of these lands were beginning to take shape. However, the lack of navigable rivers made Arabia difficult to chart, and the locations of inland towns remained largely speculative. This map is a great example of this period when cartography was largely based on unreliable and often conflicting reports. The Muslim pilgrimage route from Basra to Mecca is shown, with the locations of wells along the route.
References: Tibbetts, #215.
Issued folding, now pressed, with a few short fold separations closed on verso with archival tape. The binding trim has been remargined at bottom right up to neatline.