"Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Repraesentatio", Homann, Johann Baptist
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22 x 19 inches
55.9 x 48.3 cm
This is one of the most decorative eighteenth century world maps. The two hemispheres are surrounded by vivid engravings of natural phenomena such as waterspouts, a rainbow, earthquakes, and a volcano. Wind heads occupy the starry heavens, and two cherubs hold the title banner aloft. The map itself shows a typical geographical view of the period with an incorrect northwest coastline in North America, labeled Terra Esonis, and most of the Pacific incompletely mapped. Nestled between the hemispheres are two detailed celestial maps.
Centerfold reinforced on verso. Paper restoration of corners, not affecting map. Printer's crease in Western Hemisphere.