The Isle of California, New Mexico, Louisiane, The River Misisipi and the Lakes of Canada

Cartographer(s): Herman Moll
Date: 1701
Place: London
Dimensions: 16 x 18.3 cm (6¼ x 7¼ in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Moll’s 1701 North America with California as an island


First edition of this attractive, detailed, and rather unusual map of most of North America, with California an island resting off the west coast of North America.

McLaughlin notes that “California as an island with indented northern coast. Annian, Straits of Annian, and The North Straits to north.”

Issued on p.152 of part 2 of Moll’s A System of Geography, 1701, in the chapter Northern America and the Arctick Countries.


Herman Moll

Herman Moll (ca. 1654–1732) was a Dutch-born cartographer, engraver, and publisher who became one of the most prominent mapmakers in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

After migrating to London in the 1670s, Moll quickly established himself in the city’s cartographic and publishing circles. In England, Moll forged relationships with other notable figures, both in the world of cartography and in the broader literary and commercial spheres. His detailed and often innovative maps, covering areas from the British Isles to the world at large, reflected both the political landscape and the expanding knowledge of the world during his era.

Moll’s works are not only significant for their geographical accuracy and detail but also for their cultural and historical insights, often including intricate details and commentary on colonial ambitions and trade routes.

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