London: Herman Moll, 1723. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Sheet measures 13.5" x 8.75" This lovely 1723 map of the West Indies, Caribbean and the northern part of South America by Herman Moll extends from Cuba south to the Amazon and include the Winward, Leeward, Caribbean and Bahaman Islands and covers parts of modern day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana and Brazil. Rich in inland detail, the map notes towns, rivers, lakes, and mountains throughout. Among the most interesting of these is the mapping of the legendary Lake Parima and the fabled kingdom of El Dorado or the city of Manoa along its western banks. Following Sir Walter Raleigh's 1595 publication of "The Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana", in which he connected the city of Manoa with El Dorado, European interest in the regain grew considerably in the 17th century and various explorers set out in search of gold in Guiana. The city and the lake would continue to appear on maps until the early 1800s. The map was published in Moll's "Atlas Minor." In good condition with minor wear along folds. Original plate mark visible. 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. (Inventory #: 269087)
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