Auction 155, Lot 42

"A Map of the North Pole with All the Territories That Lye Near It, Known to Us &c. According to the Latest Discoveries, and Most Exact Observations. Agreeable to Modern History", Moll, Herman

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1732 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 8 inches
27.7 x 20.3 cm

This unusual map depicts the North Pole and shows incomplete northern coastlines for North America and Greenland. Novaya Zemlya is correctly shown as an island facilitating a Northeast Passage to Asia. Above the Pole is Parts Unknown, and three compass roses complete the composition. This is the second state of the map, which includes a publisher's imprint and two panels of text flanking the map.

References: Kershaw #408; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-9b.

Condition: A

A nice impression on a watermarked sheet with faint toning. There is archival tape reinforcing the centerfold to repair a short separation at bottom.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/18/2015