C1699

A Map of the Isthmus of Darien and Bay of Panama

Scarce map of the Isthmus of Darien and Bay of Panama, with insets of the North South and ‘South Sea Coast of the Isthmus of America….’. The Isthmus of Panama, also historically known as the Isthmus of Darien, is the narrow strip … Read Full Description

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S/N: ANVA-1007-CI-PAN–233822
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Full Title:

A Map of the Isthmus of Darien and Bay of Panama

Date:

C1699

Condition:

Repaired tear lower left corner, otherwise in good condition. Centrefold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

155mm 
x 154mm

Paper Size: 

182mm 
x 182mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Map of the Isthmus of Darien and Bay of Panama - Antique Map from 1699

Genuine antique
dated:

1699

Description:

Scarce map of the Isthmus of Darien and Bay of Panama, with insets of the North South and ‘South Sea Coast of the Isthmus of America….’. The Isthmus of Panama, also historically known as the Isthmus of Darien, is the narrow strip of land that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, linking North and South America. It contains the Panama Canal.

From Dampier’s, A New Voyage around the World.

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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