Auction 116, Lot 27

"Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Repraesentatio", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: World

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.8 x 19 inches
55.4 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. Windheads 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. Text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.

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Condition: A

Attractive old color. Minor professional repairs, mostly of tears in blank margins with a couple of nearly invisible repairs in map borders.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 9/20/2006

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