Moll, Herman
1744

Map of the North Pole by Herman Moll 1744

A Map of the North Pole with all the territories that lye near it, known to us etc. According to the latest discoveries and most exact observations. Agreeable to Modern History. By H. Moll Geographer.

DESCRIPTION: Fine original antique 18th-century polar map of the North Pole by Herman Moll. This scarce map is annotated with observations and facts regarding early exploration of the north polar region. Perhaps this is an unrecorded fifth state of the map as the "Vol 1. p. 714" found at upper left in the fourth state has been largely effaced and only a faint hint of the graved lines remain visible. The number " 2 " at upper right is clearly visible.

This striking polar projection shows Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Nova Zembla, portions of North America and Northern Europe. Text blocks at right and left detail the sun's movement at high latitudes and the explorations of the polar region by Frobisher, Davis and others

Published in London in "Thomas Salmon's Modern History: or the Present State of All Nations." Printed for Tho: Bowles next the Chapter House in St. Pauls Church Yard, & John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill, London.

Herman Moll (1654-1732) was a publisher, cartographer, and engraver who operated a book and map store in London. Moll was friends with the English explorer and former pirate William Dampier. Moll used information from Dampier's many voyages, allowing his maps to be the first to accurately portray the ocean currents.

CREATOR: Moll, Herman

PUBLICATION DATE: 1744

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: World- Northern Hemisphere

BODY OF WATER: Arctic Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean with minor uniform age-toning. Strong impression and platemark. On chain-laid paper.

COLORING: Original outline hand color.

ENGRAVER: Moll

SIZE: 11 " x 8 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 13

PRICE: $325

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