C1745

A Chart of ye East-Indies. With the Coast of Persia, China also the Philipina, Moluca and Sunda Islands &c.

Scarce c.18th map of the East Indies by Hermann Moll, extending from Arabia to New Holland with interesting information such as, “The Shoal of Parcel,” off the coast of Vietnam and “Deep.” Moll’s map appears as the frontispiece in the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Chart of ye East-Indies. With the Coast of Persia, China also the Philipina, Moluca and Sunda Islands &c.

Date:

C1745

Condition:

Repaired tears in right margin, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

355mm 
x 280mm

Frame Size: 

600mm 
x 525mm

Paper Size: 

420mm 
x 357mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Chart of ye East-Indies. With the Coast of Persia, China also the Philipina, Moluca and Sunda Islands &c. - Antique Map from 1745

Genuine antique
dated:

1745

Description:

Scarce c.18th map of the East Indies by Hermann Moll, extending from Arabia to New Holland with interesting information such as, “The Shoal of Parcel,” off the coast of Vietnam and “Deep.”

Moll’s map appears as the frontispiece in the second volume of the important Churchill’s voyage accounts, and is identified by the instructions to the binder at top left corner; ‘to Front the Title of V.II’. 

From; Churchill, A. & Osborne, J & T. A Collection of Voyages and Travels, some now printed from Original Manuscripts. [and, final two volumes:] A Collection of Voyages and Travels. compiled from the curious and valuable Library of the late Earl of Oxford. London

References:
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 295, pp.102-103.
Mickwitz & Miekkavaara, The A.E. Nordenskiold Collection: Annotated Catalogue of Maps made up to 1800. Helsinki 1979-1995: Vol. III, no. 398, p. 45..


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3426835

Hermann Moll (1678 - 1732)

Moll was a Dutch emigre who came to London about 1680 following the Scanian Wars, he first worked as an engraver for Moses Pitt, later setting up his own business and becoming, after the turn of the century, the foremost map publisher in England. As his fame grew he became a well known figure at in the group of Intelligencia who gathered at Jonathon's Coffee House in Exchange Alley or Change Alley. This narrow alleyway connecting shops and coffeehouses in an old neighbourhood of the City of London, served as a convenient shortcut from the Royal Exchange on Cornhill to the Post Office on Lombard Street. Shops once located in Exchange Alley included ship chandlers, makers of navigation instruments such as telescopes, and goldsmiths from Lombardy in Italy. The coffee houses of Exchange Alley, especially Jonathan's and Garraway's, became an early venue for the lively trading of shares and commodities. Moll was able to obtain crucial information from the lively commercial and intellectual scene in the area. Moll was at the forefront of map making during his working life and his maps reflect his ever inquisitive nature.

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