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Lot 68
By: Johann Baptist Homann
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Date: 1730 (circa)

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Condition Code: B

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Color: hand color

Size: 22.719 x 19 inches
         57.7 x 48.3 cm


    This attractive map is a revision of the elder Homann's 1710 map of the Americas. After his death in 1724, his son (Johann Christoph Homann) re-engraved the plate to correct the western coastline of North America, shown here extending very far west and north, with very little detail. California is no longer shown as an island, although the remnants of the interior sea can be seen near the Pais de Moozemleck where a river nearly connects with the Mississippi River system, hinting at the possibility of a Northwest Passage. The Great Lakes are taking shape, being actively explored by the French fur traders and the Hudson Bay Company. The Solomon Islands are prominently placed in the Pacific, considerably too far to the east. The map is decorated with two large pictorial cartouches, the one at top shows natives worshipping a fearsome demon at the right, while at left they listen placidly to a priest. The lower cartouche also features the landscape and native fauna.

Condition Description: On watermarked paper with overall light toning, faint scattered foxing, and a 3" centerfold separation at bottom that has been repaired on verso with archival materials.

Estimate:
$600.00 - $750.00


Sold for: $450.00

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