M-12639: (Image: 38 1/4 x 24'') ''A New
and Exact Map of FRANCE Divided into All
its Provinces and Acquisitions...'' London: Hermann Moll, c. 1715. Engraved two-sheet map with original
hand-coloring. Reference: Shirley BL Atlases) T. Moll-4a, #14. Some closed tears/holes or strengthened folds
(typical of large Moll maps).
This scarce separately issued historical map depicts
France's network of post roads and includes alphabetical tables showing the
"Principal Towns of France &c
and their Distances in Leagues from Paris." It also lists the 32
"Ports of Passes of the Pyrenean
Mountains". The title cartouche
is surmounted by the arms of "France Moderne" (three fleurs-de-lis on
an azure field), and supported by the gods Ares and Dionysus, and the goddesses
Artemis and Athena. A fanciful landscape
depicts putti harvesting grapes, while a town, a vineyard, and the astronomical
observatories at both Greenwich and Paris are visible in the background. On display in the foreground are objects
symbolic of agriculture, industry, exploration, and war. A
beautiful early 18th century map of France!
A Dutch émigré to
London, Moll became the foremost map publisher in England.
Provenance: The Goodyear Collection, purchased in
London June 1985.