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Auction 165, Lot 14

"The World in Planisphere", Moll, Herman

Subject: World

Period: 1709 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7.4 x 6.5 inches
18.8 x 16.5 cm

This small, double-hemisphere map of the world features a sphere with a North Polar projection in the center of the title banner. Another interesting element is the island of California, with a blank coastline to the north. Speculative cartography also appears in the south Pacific, with only partial outlines of Australia (New Holland) and New Zealand. This map was first published in Moll's Thesaurus Geographicus in 1695, and then also appeared in his A System of Geography in 1701 and The Compleat Geographer in 1709, both of which included essentially the same maps as in the first publication.

References: Shirley #571; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-1a.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a clean and bright sheet. The top margin has been trimmed, but is still ample for framing. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/15/2017