This map of South America….
to The Right Honourable Charles, Earl of Sunderland.....one of Her Majesties Principal Secretaries of State....
A large scale and very handsome early eighteenth century map of South America by the highly regarded and prolific cartographer; Herman Moll. Moll was a German émigré, who settled in London around 1680. His map of South America provides a surprising wealth of knowledge, comment and detail, with the notable exceptions of Amazonia, of Patagonia and the interior of Brazil which he leaves mostly blank. He embellishes his central map with two large and highly decorative cartouches – one of the Spanish sliver mines of Potosi in Peru, the other being the interesting title cartouche that features erupting volcanoes, three native inhabitants, one of whom is wealthy, plus numerous ingots of gold. There is also an elaborate baroque style dedication to The Earl of Sunderland. The prevailing Trade Winds and the assorted islands that inhabit both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are shown prominently.
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2 sheets joined. Size: 600 x 975 mm. Copperplate engraving with original outline colour. Some skilful paper restoration to map folds and to worm holes. Very good condition.