C1714

The South Part of Great Britain, Called England and Wales.

C1714 Moll’s impressive two sheet map of England & Wales. Molls spectacular two sheet map of England and Wales from, The World Described. There is an elaborate title cartouche at top right and at left there is an illustrated dedication to ‘The … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The South Part of Great Britain, Called England and Wales.

Date:

C1714

Condition:

Small tears and chipping to sheet edges, (otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued. Laid onto archival linen.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

620mm 
x 1000mm

Paper Size: 

1045mm 
x 640mm
AUTHENTICITY
The South Part of Great Britain, Called England and Wales. - Antique Map from 1714

Genuine antique
dated:

1714

Description:

C1714 Moll’s impressive two sheet map of England & Wales.

Molls spectacular two sheet map of England and Wales from, The World Described. There is an elaborate title cartouche at top right and at left there is an illustrated dedication to ‘The Right Honorouble Lord Viscount Rialton’. William Godolphin, Marquess of Blandford (1700 – 24 August 1731) was an English nobleman and politician. He was born the eldest son of Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin. In 1712 his father succeeded as 2nd Earl of Godolphin (Lord Godolphin had been promoted in 1706). As heir-apparent to the earldom, William assumed the courtesy title Viscount Rialton.

The title of the map ‘The South Part of Great Britain called England and Wales’ refers to the Acts of Union which were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. By the two Acts, the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland which at the time were separate states with separate legislatures, but with the same monarch were, in the words of the Treaty, ‘United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain’.

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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