25 Herman Moll 1724

 

Herman Moll (fl.1688-1732), a German engraver, emigrated to England about 1678 and began working with Moses Pitt. By the end of the century, however, he had become one of London´s leading map engravers. Until 1708 he often worked on small projects: Moll providing the map for half the books containing only a single map between 1695 and 17081. The World Described, a folio atlas (completed 1717) was extremely successful, as was his county atlas. The county maps are similar to Robert Morden’s smaller maps (22), which he had revised. The maps are distinctive for the antiquities in the margins; illustrations of a Saxon coin struck at Exeter and an Andromache, right; and engravings of the Eddystone lighthouses of Winstanley and Rudyerd, left. There are also upside-down directions in Cornwall and a list of five mines; these two features occur in a number of later maps as much of Moll’s work was copied by others (see especially 26, 28 and 29).

 

Size 185 x 310 mm: Map area 185 x 255 mm.                                                                                                          English Miles (20 = 52 mm).

DEVON SHIRE By H. Moll Geographer. in title panel (Ae). Map flanked by various illustrations (see text above).         

                                                                        

1.1724  
A New Description of England and Wales  (E), (DEI).
  London. H Moll, T Bowles, C Rivington & J Bowles. 1724. CLX, H173, BL, W, BCL.
     
  A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps  
  London. H Moll, Tho. Bowles and J Bowles. 1724.    C.
     
2. 1724 Plate number 4 added (AaOS).2   (TQ).
     
  A New Description of England and Wales  
  London. H Moll, T Bowles, C Rivington and J Bowles. 1724.  H173, C.
     
  A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps  
  London. H Moll, Tho. Bowles and J Bowles. 1724.3 CLXI, H174, BL, W, RGS, C.
     
  A New Description of England and Wales  
  London. H Moll, T Bowles, C Rivington and J Bowles. 1733 H175, (KB)4 .
     
  A Set of Fifty New and Correct Maps  
  London. T Bowles and J Bowles. 1739. CLXII, H176, BL, C.
     
3. 1747 Plate number changed to 12 (AaOS). Various places have been added, especially near the county borders: eg Bradston, Dunterton and Kellington to the west and Holcombe Regis and Churchstanton to the east.  
     
  The Geography of England and Wales  
  London. T Bowles and J Bowles. 1747. H177, C.
     
4. 1753 Drawings have been cut from plate leaving traces.  
     
  H Moll’s British Atlas; Or, Pocket Maps of all the Counties  
  London. Tho. Bowles and J Bowles & Son. 1753. CLXIII, H178, NHL, CB.
     
5. 1775  Second plate number added (EaOS). Roads added with directions outside county.  
     
  The Traveller’s Companion: Or, A Complete Set Of ... All The Counties ...  
  London. John Bowles. (1775). [P5 ], AA.

 


[1] Ashley-Baynton Williams; The World Described; in MapForum issue 1; Spring 2004.

[2] The Bodleian Library has a copy of The Compleat Geographer … Fourth Edition published in London by John Knapton (and 22 others) dated 1723 with maps in this state. However, they may well have been bound in later which would explain the date inconsistency. See Donald Hodson (1984), pages 118-122.

[3] Reprinted in facsimile by Old Hall Press; (1994).

[4] See Donald Hodson (ibid): Whitaker recorded this edition but no complete copy has been found. However, this was also issued as a serial production in 19 weekly parts and advertised in various newspapers. A few sheets with maps on both sides have been found and are believed to belong to this series and/or this atlas. Devon has Cornwall on the reverse; copy in author's collection.

[5] According to Donald Hodson but the actual plate number is not known. I would appreciate substantiation.