"Basis Geographiae Recentioris Astronomica", Doppelmayr/Homann
Period: 1722 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23 x 19.2 inches
58.4 x 48.8 cm
First state of this scarce world map combining both scientific and decorative cartography. The continents are shown in outline form without political detail. California is an Island, only the western and northern coastlines of Australia are shown, and New Zealand is incomplete. There is a hint of a possible Northwest Passage from Hudson Bay to the Strait of Anian. The map is richly decorated with a large allegorical cartouche and surrounded by celestial phenomena, including a comet, and solar and lunar eclipses. Three groups of cherubs are shown making astronomical observations. Above and below the map are tables naming major cities throughout the world with their respective longitude, latitude, celestial observations and eclipse information.
References: Shirley, The Map Collector 46, pp. 34-38.
Great impression and original color. Expert repair on centerfold including some facsimile of the engraving of the solar eclipse.