THE WEST INDIES IN SPECTACULAR PERIOD COLOR

 

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AUTHOR:

MOLL, HERMAN MOLL

TITLE:

A Map of the West Indies or the Islands of America...

CONDITION:

23” x 39-1/2”. Copper-engraving with very fine period color. Inset view of Mexico City. Near fine condition.

DATE:

London [1715]

DESCRIPTION:

The first state of a spectacular copy of an important early eighteenth century map of the West Indies. The map was normally published in pale outline color. This example was obviously prepared for some wealthy or distinguished person, and was specially fully colored in deep strong hues. It is one of the finest examples of the map that we have ever seen. This scarce first state lacks an imprint to the right of the inset of Mexico City.

The map was drawn on a large scale and with excellent detail, by Herman Moll, the most important mapmaker working in London in the early eighteenth century. It shows the routes of the Spanish treasure fleets, and was published contemporary with the so-called “Pirate Republic” in the Bahamas. The islands had been colonized by the English in the 17th century, but were driven out by a combined Spanish and French fleet in 1706. For the next few years, the islands were a no man’s land, with Providence and other ports used as a home base by such pirates as Bluebeard. English rue was re-established in 1718.

This is an early English map to show the New French Colony of Louisiana, which includes all of Texas as far west as the Rio Grande. Galveston Bay has yet to be discovered, but Matagorda Bay is prominent, as “San Bernard or St. Louis Bay,” with La Salle’s fort (“French fort”) clearly marked.

REFERENCES:

Inventory No. 8525

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