Herman Moll; c1654-1732.
A noted dutch engraver of german descent, Moll emigrated
from Holland, and set shop in London around 1680. By the turn
of the century, he had achieved prominence in the map publishing
business thanks to a tireless production of atlas volumes,
geography books, decorative maps and miniature maps, all
of distinguished quality.
He is often credited for being the first mapmaker to use the
London Meridian as a universal longitude reference.
His "New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great
Britain on ye Continent of North America" (also known as the
"Beaver Map") first issued in 1715, was a basis for the British
to counterclaim the French territorial designs after the Spanish
Succession War (1702-1713).
He was often copied by other publishers (of which he was very
conscious). But, as was customary at that time, he also made
good use of the works produced by his peers.
Among his noted productions: "Atlas Manuale" in 1709, "Atlas
Geographicus" in 1711, "The world described" in 1719-1736,
"A new description of England and Wales" in 1724 in collaboration
with T&J Bowles, reissued under various titles in 1726, 1728,
1739, 1747, 1753; and the 1727-1728 "Atlas minor".
Florida calle'd by ye French Louisiana &c.
This map (10 9/16” X 7 11/16” ) was originally produced for
the 1728 "Atlas Minor".
The present item is the first state (identified by the date in the cartouche and the typo on the word called). Later states starting in 1732 are not dated, the mispelling is corrected and a few details appear including a small Georgia (established as the fourteenth Colony in 1732) below Carolina.
The coast delineation is not very accurate but the hydrography of the Mississippi Bassin is well understood.
The map shows the infrastruture work of the French, Spanish and British colonists:mines, towns, forts and specially roads; from the Atlantic Coast to Mexico..
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