Moll, Herman
1695

Antique map of Belle Isle, Brest, in Brittany France

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A Chart of ye Road and Adjacent Coasts of Brest with a map of Belle Isle

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Attractive antique copper-engraved map by Moll of the lower tip of Brittany (Bretagne), France from roughly the Pointe de Corsen, past Pointe de Kermorvan, le Conquet, Brest, and Crozon. This scarce map is titled "The Marquisate and Government of Bell-Isle Divided into its Four Parishes of the Palace, Bangor, Lomaria, and Sauzon."

One unusual feature of this map is the large number of mills the cartographer identifies, perhaps because their high elevation, like that of church steeples, would have provided coastal mariners with navigational reference points ashore. Together Moll's emphasis on features of great height and the rhumb lines with compass rose, suggest the original inspiration for this map is derived from a nautical chart. Verso with map of Belle Isle, France in the Sea of Bretagne.

Both maps on a single sheet 8" x 12" with English text regarding the political geography on both sides. London: Abel Swale and Tim Child publishers. From their scarce: "Thesaurus Geographicus. A new body of geography: or, a compleat description of the Earth … ". 1695.

CREATOR: Moll, Herman

PUBLICATION DATE: 1695

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Sea of Bretagne

CONDITION: Very Good.  On laid paper with one map in color.

COLORING: Wash hand-coloring.

ENGRAVER: H. Moll

SIZE: 6 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $

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