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untitled - Western Hemisphere

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untitled - Western Hemisphere : Sir J. Moore

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A rare and unusual Western Hemisphere map from an important publication. Sir Jonas Moore was a significant figure in London at a time of great national activity in the sciences and miltarily. Surveyor General to the Royal Ordnance and Fellow of the Royal Society, Moore made the Tower of London a centre of scientific observation and patronage including, amongst his students two budding astronomers, John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. Sir Jonas Moore's "A New Systeme of the mathematicks" comprised text on numerous sciences including mathematics, cosmography, navigation and geography. Volume two includes a series of maps of the whole world. Although only two of these maps have a signature, that of the young Herman Moll, their style is typically Moll's and it is reasonable to consider these maps amongst his earliest works. This map shows the Western Hemisphere as perceived in the second half of the seventeenth century; Pacific outlines reflect Tasman's voyages, the mythical Companies Land appears in the northern pacific and California is an island, the North American Great Lakes appear and so on. Curiously, the southern polar region, where no land is suggested is named "Australia Incognita" - one of the earliest uses of the name "Australia" as opposed to Australis. Top and lower margins reinforced and evidence of old fold, but an interesting and scarce map.
mapmaker: Sir J. Moore
place and date of publication: London 1681
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 225 by 230mm (8.75 by 9 inches).
ref: 43316
literature: Shirley mapping of the World 509

Price: £ 600

 
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