Auction 160, Lot 51

"This Draught of the North Pole Is to Shew All the Countries Near and Adjacent to It...", Moll, Herman

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Navigantum ataque Itinerantium Bibliotheca...

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 14.8 inches
42.7 x 37.6 cm

Boldly engraved chart of the polar region to 50° N. shows the latest discoveries and routes of numerous explorers during their attempts to find a Northwest and Northeast Passage, including James, Hudson and Barentz. Baffin and Hudson Bays are shown in a rather narrow configuration. Novaya Zemlya is shown correctly on the map as an island, but shown as a peninsula in a small inset with a disclaimer by Moll. The only note on the Pacific coast is that of the Str. of Annian. A second inset shows a north polar projection with the island of California, and notes regarding the destinations of explorers who were searching for a northern passage to Asia.

References: Kershaw #399.

Condition: B

Issued folding, now flattened, on paper with a "B" watermark. There are a pair of printer's creases at top, several minor extraneous creases, some foxing, and toning along the top edge of the sheet, which has a narrow margin. A small binding trim at bottom left has been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/16/2016