Herman Moll’s New Map of Europe

Categories: Atlases & Maps
Written By: John

This was the first map I ever scanned and posted. It is one of f the first maps I ever acquired, sometime in the 1970’s if I recall correctly. I forget what I paid for it, but it was not too expensive, and you can still pick up maps such as this for a fairly reasonable price. Again, my popular lament applies to maps such as this: why is it so hard to find good quality, high resolution images for free on the internet? Small maps such as this are easy to scan, and most are very well preserved even if they were removed from their atlases and separated for sale 200 years ago.

I have often thought the answer must be some sort of proprietary selfishness. That does not make a huge amount of sense to me, although I do understand it. I have sold plenty of maps, and I do not think that people who are seeking an original will be deterred from paying if they can have a free facsimile instead. Collectors are collectors and want the real thing. Other people will probably not pay for an original anyway. Additionally, maps are such a great historic and artistic resource that it is a shame to have them so easy to access in usable copies. I know that when I come across a map and am trying to research it I am often stymied by a lack of good images and resources to compare it against. A lot of good resource so exist, which I will be sure to link to soon, but even with these it is sometimes hard to nail down exactly when and where a map came from.

I think part of the drive, other than a simple lack of time is that people who scan the maps want to sell collection of copies or charge a small fee to get them individually. That is fine, but if I own a map and it is small enough to scan I am happy to make copies available. I actually sell copies through Zazzle for people who want a framed print, postcard, T-shirt or the like, but the image is always free for the taking here.

Moll, originally from Germany, worked primarily in London in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  He was one of the most successful mapmakers of his day, both among rich patrons and the general public.  Complete atlases are hard to come by and extremely expensive.  Individual maps, though, are fairly easy to find.  Many have been hand colored at some point in their history, although it was more common as I understand it for them to be issued uncolored.  I think this map of Europe is very attractive, and it has been one of the more popular pages among maps here.  I put a dat of 1721 on the map because that is what I was told when I bought it.

Title: A New Map of Europe According to the Newest Observations
Cartographer: H. (Herman) Moll
Year Published / Created: 1721
Description: Nicely hand colored. Covers Europe from the Western (Atlantic) Ocean to the European area of “Russia or Dominions of Moscovy.” A large undetailed “Part of Asia” lies to the east. The Black Sea is also named the Euxine Sea. “Turky in Europe” covers present day Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, etcetera.

The image below links to the various sized images in the gallery, including the full scale scan of 2500×1768 pixels.

A New Map of Europe According to the Newest Observations

A New Map of Europe According to the Newest Observations

One Response to “Herman Moll’s New Map of Europe”

  1. Susanne Says:

    The maps you have posted for free use are amazing! Thank you!

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