Auction 137, Lot 93

"A Map of America. According to ye Newest and Most Exact Observations", Moll, Herman

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1708 (circa)

Publication: The British Empire in America

Color: Hand Color

7.3 x 10.3 inches
18.5 x 26.2 cm

This boldly engraved copper plate map features a huge California as an Island. New Mexico occupies the majority of the West; Santa Fe is the only city named west of the eastern coast, which is labeled British Emp. A remnant of Baron Lahontan's mythical river is shown in the form of "Rio Longue" with a network of large lakes. The Mississippi River is here called Rio St. Louis with the Missouri labeled Rio St. Philip and the Ohio called the Rio S. Jerome. The S. of Annian, timidly shown, is the last named feature in the northwest with the balance of Canada and Alaska simply and honestly labeled as Parts Unknown. This early impression is from the first edition without pagination.

References: McLaughlin #179-1; Phillips (M) p.107, Phillips (A) No.3477-24.

Condition: B

Toned and a minute tear in blank area of map image in Western Ocean.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2011