Arabia Agreeable to Modern History


Arabia Agreeable to Modern History is a hand-colored engraved map by Herman Moll (died 1732) first published in 1709 in Atlas Manuale ‒ A New Set of Maps of All Parts of the Earth, the earliest of Moll’s two small-format world atlases, which were popular for their relatively low cost and soon were followed by other editions. Moll was born in Bremen and moved to London in the mid- to late 1670s. After his fine engraving for a number of London map publishers gained him a clientele, he began to work independently. His atlases included a monthly magazine version called Atlas Geographicus that ran from 1711 to 1717, The World Described published in 1724, and, published shortly before his death, The Roads of Europe. Maps by Moll appeared in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The edition presented here of Arabia Agreeable to Modern History dates from 1715. Quite detailed despite its small size, it covers the Red Sea and part of East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula eastward to the Arabian Gulf (labeled Gulf of Bassora), and northward to present-day Syria, Iraq, and Iran. The map shows physical features, settlements, caravan trails, and tribal affiliation. Scale is indicated in miles.

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Thomas Bowles and John Bowles, London


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Physical Description

1 map ; 23 x 18 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:17,000,000


  1. “Moll, Herman,”, Open Project for Map History.
  2. Dennis Reinhartz, “Moll, Herman (1654?‒1732),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Last updated: May 2, 2017