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Auction 195, Lot 829

Complete with 62 Maps in Contemporary Outline Color

"Atlas Minor: or a New and Curious Set of Sixty Two Maps, in Which Are Shewn All the Empires, Kingdoms, Countries, States, in All the Known Parts of the Earth...", Moll, Herman

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1737 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.9 x 9.8 inches
20.1 x 24.9 cm
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This atlas includes 62 maps of the world, four continents, North Pole, 26 related to Europe, 9 related to Asia, 4 related to Africa, 15 related to North America, and 2 related to South America. The maps are engraved in Moll's unmistakable bold style, and many include notes about the region or historical events. This atlas is heavy on maps related to the Americas, including the following:

A New Map of Ye North Parts of America Claimed by France
Florida Called by ye French Louisiana
New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsilvania
Virginia and Maryland
A Plan of Port Royal Harbour in Carolina
A Map of the West-Indies &c. Mexico or New Spain
Newfoundland St. Laurence Bay
A Description of the Bay of Fundy

The title page incorporates the list of maps enclosed in a decorative frame filled with putti, sea monsters, maps, surveying instruments, and globes. Although the publication date is not printed on the title page, the circa date is based on the map of Germany, which records the 1736 cession of Lorraine to France. Published by Thomas and John Bowles, after Moll's death. Octavo; title page and 62 maps. Hardbound in full contemporary leather with gilt embossed borders on covers, with raised bands and red leather title label with gilt titling on spine.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-9c.

Condition: B+

The maps have dark impressions with contemporary outline color, color offsetting that ranges from light to moderate, occasional toning and soiling, and short centerfold separations at bottom on 14 of the maps. The maps of the world, Britain, and Spain have short tears in the image. The title page has a long centerfold separation at bottom. There is a previous owner's name (Frances Burdon) written in ink on the inside front cover. The front cover and front free-endpaper are detached. The covers and spine show heavy wear and staining, with bumped corners and abrasions.

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500

Sold for: $4,250

Closed on 11/15/2023