Auction 165, Lot 37

"A Map of the North Pole with All the Territories That Lye Near It, Known to Us &c. According to the Latest Discoveries...", Moll, Herman

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1744 (circa)

Publication: Modern History

Color: Black & White

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 fourth state of the map, which includes a publisher's imprint, two panels of text flanking the map, and Vol. 1 p. 714 added outside the neatline, at top left. Published in London in Thomas Salmon's Modern History: or the Present State of All Nations.

References: Kershaw #410; Shirley (BL Atlases Vol 2) G.SALM-1c #19.

Condition: A

A fine impression on a sheet with an "H" watermark, faint printer's ink residue at far right, and a printer's crease that just enters the neatline at right. There is light toning and soiling that is confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 11/15/2017