untitled - map of Lilliput
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Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Tarvels" is a renowned satire on the state of English society in the first half of the seventeenth century and was accompanied by 5 maps. Maps for the book are credited to Herman Moll and, if not engraved by him, then produced under his direction, and to give added credibility were based on elements extracted from Moll's own maps. Swift writes that "popular tastes demanded maps in books of voyages" even fictional, satirical travels and that Gulliver's "worthy friend Mr Herman Moll" was responsible (see D. Reinhartz "The Cartographer And The Literati - Herman Moll And His Intellectual Circle" p92). This is map 1 and shows the island of Lilliput, to the south-west of Sumatra and with an outline of Van Diemen's land to the south east. The map is set within an engraved decorative frame surround and, in this example, trimmed close and laid on old backing.
mapmaker: J. Swift
place and date of publication: London c. 1730
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncolouredref: 43478
size in mm: 150 by 85mm (6 by 3.25 inches).
Price: £ 280
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