C1717

New Guinea, New Britain, and New Holland &c.

One of only a handful of pre-nineteenth-century maps devoted solely to Australia and which records the first European sighting of the Australian coast on the western side of Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria by Willem Jansz in 1606 on the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

New Guinea, New Britain, and New Holland &c.

Date:

C1717

Condition:

Trimmed close at top as usually found, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

177mm 
x 130mm

Frame Size: 

465mm 
x 415mm
AUTHENTICITY
New Guinea, New Britain, and New Holland &c. - Antique Map from 1717

Genuine antique
dated:

1717

Description:

One of only a handful of pre-nineteenth-century maps devoted solely to Australia and which records the first European sighting of the Australian coast on the western side of Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria by Willem Jansz in 1606 on the Duyfken. Herman Moll, a Dutch �migr�, came to London around 1680 and worked there as an engraver, later setting up his own business. After the turn of the century, he became the foremost map publisher in England and his work enjoyed such a high reputation that much of it was copied by other map publishers.

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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