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The infamous South Sea Company

MOLL, Herman.

A New & Exact Map of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within ye Limits of ye South Sea company from ye River Aranoca to Terra del Fuego, and from thence through ye South Sea, to ye North part of California &c. With a View of the General and Coasting Trade-Winds. And perticular Draughts of the most important Bays, Ports &c. According to ye Newest Observations.
London: c.1720. Original outline colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 645 x 495mm.

Binding folds flattened, a little damp staining bottom right.

Moll's large-format map of South America, published during the famous 'South Sea Bubble'. It shows below southern California (depicted as an island, but this is not obvious on the map), with 12 inset charts, including Acapulco, the Galapagos, the Isthmus of Darien, the Straits of Magellan and the mythical Pepys Island. The three insets at the top of the map are printed on a separate sheet, denoting this example as the second state of the map.
The South Sea Company was founded in 1711 to exploit the potential wealth of the Americas and Pacific. After Britain won the monopoly of the slave trade with Spain's colonies in the Americas ('Asiento de Negros') at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, speculation sent the share price up tenfold, dishonestly encouraged by the directors. However, as a quarter of the profits was due to the Spanish monarch and import duty was high, profits were not as expected. When war broke out with Spain again in 1718 trading was disrupted and in 1720 the 'South Sea Bubble' burst, ruining many investors. A subsequent Parliamentary enquiry caused the Chancellor of the Exchequer and several MPs to be expelled from Parliament.

McLAUGHLIN: 181, state 2.
Stock ID : 21092

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Stock Id :21092

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The infamous South Sea Company

MOLL, Herman.

A New & Exact Map of the Coasts, Countries and Islands within ye Limits of ye South Sea company from ye River Aranoca to Terra del Fuego, and from thence through ye South Sea, to ye North part of California &c. With a View of the General and Coasting Trade-Winds. And perticular Draughts of the most important Bays, Ports &c. According to ye Newest Observations.
London: c.1720. Original outline colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 645 x 495mm.

Binding folds flattened, a little damp staining bottom right.

Moll's large-format map of South America, published during the famous 'South Sea Bubble'. It shows below southern California (depicted as an island, but this is not obvious on the map), with 12 inset charts, including Acapulco, the Galapagos, the Isthmus of Darien, the Straits of Magellan and the mythical Pepys Island. The three insets at the top of the map are printed on a separate sheet, denoting this example as the second state of the map.
The South Sea Company was founded in 1711 to exploit the potential wealth of the Americas and Pacific. After Britain won the monopoly of the slave trade with Spain's colonies in the Americas ('Asiento de Negros') at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713, speculation sent the share price up tenfold, dishonestly encouraged by the directors. However, as a quarter of the profits was due to the Spanish monarch and import duty was high, profits were not as expected. When war broke out with Spain again in 1718 trading was disrupted and in 1720 the 'South Sea Bubble' burst, ruining many investors. A subsequent Parliamentary enquiry caused the Chancellor of the Exchequer and several MPs to be expelled from Parliament.

McLAUGHLIN: 181, state 2.
Stock ID : 21092

£1,100

£1,100

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