"Planiglobii Terrestris Mappa Universalis…", Homann Heirs
Period: 1740 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 18 inches
54.9 x 45.7 cm
Nice double hemisphere world map including four polar spheres, each in a different projection. Two interesting diagrams depict the earth, as it would be seen from space. North America is still blank above California and Hudson Bay is open-ended in the northwest corner. In Oceania there are partial coastlines of New Zealand and Australia. Two very large, decorative cartouches contain the titles, one in Latin, the other French. The Latin cartouche features mythical sea creatures and the other is surrounded fruit and animals representing the bounty of the earth.
Old paper repair on tear across bottom left corner. Some stains in margins, one just touching neatline. Couple of short tears in blank margins.