Moll, Herman

First printed map of Peypses or Pepys Island.


First printed map of Peypses or Pepys Island.


Four scarce views on one sheet based on a manuscipt maps drawn by William Ambrosia Cowley. The views are of: the Island Of John Ferdinando; the perhaps fictitious Peypses Island; Nutmegg Island; and the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of the African continent.

Cowley was sailing master of a pirate ship captained by John Eaton in 1684 when they made landfall at the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Cowley's narrative of the voyage entitled 'Cowley's Voyage Around the Globe' was published in the 'COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL VOYAGES' by William Hacke from London in 1699.

In Cowley's manuscript journal he recorded his landing at an island he called Pepyes Island:
"We held our Course S. W. till we came into the lat. of 47 deg. where we saw Land; the same being an Island not before known, lying to the Westward of us. It was not inhabited, and I gave it the Name of Pepys Island. We found it a very commodious place for Ships to water at and take in Wood, and it has a very good Harbour, where a thousand sail of Ships may safely ride: Here is great plenty of Fowls, and we judge, abundance of Fish, by reason of the Grounds being nothing but Rocks and Sands. "
Of John Ferdinando (Isla Juan Fernandez or Más a Tierra) Cowley wrote:
"Capt. Bartholomew Sharpe was here in the Year 1680, and finding no People on it, he called it Queen Catherines Island; and when he sailed away did leave one Man on shoar, which was a Mosquito Indian, who lived here alone near 4 Years. … there being several of our Ships Company who were at the leaving of this Indian there by Capt. Sharpe, and among others Capt. Edmond Cook and Mr. William Dampier". (Cowley, W.A., "Cowley's Voyage Around the Globe" Internet)

Herman Moll (circa 1654-1732)

Herman Moll distinguished himself as an eminent cartographer, engraver, and publisher, gaining substantial recognition for his work during the latter part of the 17th and the early 18th centuries. Originally based in London, Moll began his profession as an engraver, producing work as early as the 1670s. It wasn't long before he expanded his repertoire to include cartography and map publishing, often collaborating with renowned cartographers and publishers of his time.

With the dawn of the 18th century, Moll's career took off. His cartographic portfolio was impressively varied, spanning maps of England and the British Isles, the American colonies, Africa, the entire world, and even the solar system. Among his most distinguished works are "The World Described," an anthology of 30 individual maps published in a variety of editions between 1715 and 1753, and the large-scale "Atlas Geographus," which was published in monthly installments from 1708 to 1717.

One of the characteristic traits of Moll's maps lies in their elaborate cartouches, or decorative map titles, and the comprehensive textual commentary they included. His maps often bore a reflection of Britain's geopolitical and colonial interests during that era, drawing attention to regions of significant commercial and strategic value.

Beyond his contributions as a cartographer, Moll also played an active role in the intellectual circles of early 18th-century London. He maintained associations with prominent individuals of his time, including the famed writer Jonathan Swift and the notorious pirate William Dampier.

CREATOR: Moll, Herman



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  No significant condition issues. Slight browning.



SIZE: 5 " x 6 "




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