Auction 117, Lot 116

"Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.3 inches
58.4 x 49 cm

This map is based on Delisle's landmark map of 1718, but covers a slightly larger area. It focuses on the American interior and Great Lakes. Its most outstanding features are the vignettes of a buffalo and Native Americans in a cartouche filling the Atlantic and a beaver colony at Niagara Falls under the title cartouche. Also depicted (in the cartouche) is Father Louis Hennepin who explored the Great Lakes region and claimed to have reached the mouth of the Mississippi. His purported route and those of other explorers are traced on the map.

References: Goss (NA) #49; cf Cumming (SE) #170.

Condition: A

Clean and bright with later color. Slightly uneven impression. Small abrasion in unengraved area near lower centerfold.

Estimate: $2,100 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/6/2006