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- Published: Vienna
- Published date: 1807
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Category: West Indies
- Issue date: 1807.
- Type: map
- Size: 330 by 450mm (13 by 17 inches).
- Stock number: 29431
- Condition: A good example, overall minor toned, some spots slightly visible.
Article descriptionCopper engraving in contemporary original color in outline. Unusual map of the West Indies published by the Austrian cartographer and publisher Tranquillo Mollo in Vienna. The southern tip of Florida is shown with a few place names on the map, further on the Bahamas (Lucasian Islands) are pretty detailed engraved and most of the islands in the West Indies, shown on this map, are arranged on the map with detailed engraved names. The map itself encludes Central America with Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Venezuela is also shown on the map. Tranquillo Maria Laurentio Mollo (August 10, 1767 - March 29, 1837) was Vienna based Swiss/Italian graphic designer, printer, art and music dealer, and publisher active in the late 18th and early 20th centuries. From about 1792 Mollo worked with the Vienna firm Artaria and Company. In 1798 he separated from Artaria to found, along with partner Franz Bernardini, his own music, art, and map publishing company, T. Mollo and Co. The partner collapsed after one year and Mollo took a new partner, Domenico Artaria, a scion of the Artaria family. In 1802 Mollo and Domenico acquired Artaria and Company from Carlo Artaria. Domenico and Mollo parted ways in 1804, after which Mollo published independently. Under his own imprint, he became one of Austria's most important globe and map publishers. He collaborated extensively with English and French publishers to bring French material to his work. Among his more significant collaborators was the Vienna publisher Joseph Dirwaldt. In 1832 Mollo passed the company to his sons, Eduard (1799-1842) and Florian Mollo (1803-1869). The Mollo brothers ran the business until 1839, three years after Tranquillo Mollo's death, before dividing the concern into separate business. Mollo married Dorothea Defelavis († 29. Juli 1822). (Wikipedia)
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