Auction 145, Lot 484

"A New and Exact Map of the United Provinces, or Netherlands &c.", Moll, Herman

Subject: Netherlands

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: Athlas [sic] Royal

Color: Hand Color

40.1 x 24.3 inches
101.9 x 61.7 cm

This decorative, large scale map of the Netherlands, or the United Provinces, gives great detail of political boundaries, towns, roads, rivers, and shoals. At top left is an inset chart of the North Sea, filled with soundings, rhumb lines, and a key identifying numerous banks along the coastline of the Netherlands. At far right are bird's-eye plans of Rotterdam and the Roman fortress Arx Britannica (also known as House of Britten), as well as stunning views of Amsterdam, Middleburg, Utrecht, Groningen, and the royal palace 't Loo. Moll dedicates the map to Charles Lord Viscount Townshend in an elaborate cartouche below the title, surmounted by the coat of arms of the Marquess Townshend. Printed for John Bowles, Thomas Bowles, and John King. Printed on two sheets, joined as issued.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-4c #25.

Condition: B

Issued folding, with light soiling, one small abrasion south of Breda, and some printer's ink residue at top left. The map appears to have been completely separated along the vertical folds at right and left with several small holes along folds at top of map, all of which have been professionally repaired with a small amount of image at top expertly replaced in facsimile. Several chips in blank margins have also been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 6/12/2013