Map. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 6.5" x 7.25". Page measures 13.5" x 8.5".
This map shows the Portuguese colony of Brazil as divided into hereditary captaincies. Engraved lines emphasize the colony's long coastline, which the accompanying text describes as a long Skirt upon the sea." Along this coast, ports, bays, river inlets, and other features are all labeled. Inland is less detailed, however the region's main rivers are shown as they reach between Part of the Amazones, at top, and part of La Plata, at bottom. At left, a compass rose radiating rhumb lines punctuates the labeling of the Atlantic Ocean. Below the map, text in English describes the geographical extent of the colony and some details of its history.The map is In good condition. Some minor offsetting in the lower portion of the image.Of German or Dutch origin, Herman Moll (c. 1654-1732) settled in London in the 1670's where he worked as an engraver for Moses Pitt. By the turn of the century, Moll became the foremost map publisher in England, where he produced Atlases and maps. As an engraver, cartographer, mapseller and globemaker he appealed to the public with his unusual views and vignettes. As the demand for his work was sustained, he issued many revised editions of his work. Hard to find.
Illustrator: Moll, Hermann