Herman Moll (ca. 1655-1732), The World Described (1715-20)

Insets on the South Sea Company Map

Herman Moll's atlas is considered an outstanding general atlas of the period. The collection of maps illustrates Moll's engraving skills as well as excellent examples of his notation. The significance of The World Described lay in the quality of the individual maps, several of which were know known for their additions and details, for example, insets illustrating harbors and coastal details as seen here.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin State Historical Society