MOLL, HERMANN. 1654-1732.
To The Right Honorable John Lord Sommers ... This Map of North America According To Ye Newest and Most Exact Observations.... London: c.1720. Engraved map partially hand-colored in outline, 610 x 985 mm, printed on two joined sheets, large decorative cartouche, engraved, ten inset maps, some browning, a few minor chips and short tears, professionally restored and matted.
An excellent example of Moll's "codfish map," with a large vignette depicting and describing the codfish industry in Newfoundland. Below the vignette are ten miniature inset maps of the harbors of Boston, New York, Cartagena, Havana, Acapulco, and others. "In Moll's map, the British colonies stretch from the Carolinas to Newfoundland and the Labrador peninsula is marked as New Britain. Off the eastern seaboard, the ocean is marked as Sea of the British Empire. Here, New France and Louisiana seem to have shrunk in comparison to the expansive treatment of Delisle. Moll made his map to make the British aware of French encroachments as well as to picture a reduced French territory. In the cartouche, the bounty of the New World and deferential Native Americans and Inuits are draped around the dedication to Lord Somers. And below this, there is a vignette of codfish processing in Newfoundland. The economic motive to imperial claims is clearly depicted" (Short Representing the Republic p 59).