Atlas minor by Herman Moll (London: Thomas and John Bowles, 1736)
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from the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection website.
Short Title: A pocket companion of Ireland.
Publisher: London: Thos. Bowles and John Bowles
Type: Atlas Map
Obj Height cm: 31
Obj Width cm: 28
Note: Hand col. engraved map. Relief shown pictorially.
Includes geographical notes and ornamental cartouche with dedication to
Charles Duke of Graham.
Full Title: A pocket companion of Ireland. Containing
all the cities, market towns, boroughs, all ye great roads, and principal
cross roads, with the computed miles from town to town. By Herman Moll
Geographer. Sold by T. Bowles next ye Chapter House in St. Pauls Church
yard, & I. Bowles at ye Black Horse in Cornhill. (1736?)
List No: 5580.012
Page No: 12
Series No: 14
Publication Author: Moll, Herman, d. 1732
Pub Date: 1736
Pub Title: Atlas minor: or a new and curious set of sixty-two
maps, in which are shewn all the empires, kingdoms, countries, states,
in all the known parts of the earth; with their bounds, divisions, chief
cities & towns, the whole composed & laid down agreable to modern
history. By Herman Moll, Geographer. (3rd ed.) London, Printed for Thos.
Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard & John Bowles at the Black Horse in
Pub Reference:Phillips, 585; Tooley. Dictionary of mapmakers, p. 444;
Tooley. Maps and map-makers, p. 55; Tyacke. London map-sellers, 1600-1720,
Pub Note: Contains 62 hand col. double-page engraved
maps (10 folding). Contemporary ink inscription on front blank endpaper.
Newer full polished calf with original gilt-lettered red leather label.
A few minor repairs. The Atlas Minor was first published in 1729 and reprinted
in 1732. This ed. has new engraved title-page with contents and revised
maps. The maps in the third ed. are similar to those of the 2nd, except
that a number of the American maps contain added place names. Like most
of Moll's works, the majority of the maps are undated, although the maps
of Great Tartary (no. 32) and "The West Part of Barbary" (no.
41) are dated 1732. The deciding factor which makes this copy the 3rd.
ed. is map no. 13 (Germany) which carries the added legend, "Lorrain
was ceded to France A.D. 1736 ..." Includes 29 maps of Europe, 10
of Asia, 5 of Africa and 18 of the Americas, including the double-hemisphere
world map (no. 1) and the map of America (no. 45) that show California
as an island. The Rumsey Collection copy includes 17 extra inserted, uncolored,
undated maps (13 folding, 2 manuscript), 7 of which deal with the West
Coast of Africa, and 2 of which are manuscript maps of the harbors at
Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, the mouth of the Amazon River and Straits of Magellan,
all with captions and place names in French; 3 others are of Upper and
Lower Canada. The 17 maps appear to have been taken from several later
18th century sources, and were probably extracted from Kitchen's Pocket
Atlas, Child's Universal Traveller, the English ed. of Du Halde's Description
of China, and other works. A folded world map shows George Anson's track
on his voyage of circumnavigation in 1740-1744, and is probably from one
of the numerous eds. of his Voyage. Includes folded descriptions from
John Howell Books and the Argonaut Book Shop.
Pub List No: 5580.000
Pub Type: World Atlas
Pub Maps: 62
Pub Height cm: 25
Pub Width cm: 20
Image No: 5580012
Institution: Rumsey Collection
Ownership Statement: Copyright 2005