Auction 119, Lot 117

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

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19 inches
57.9 x 48.3 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 title 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: B

Nice impression and original color. The map has repairs along the centerfold that, though sound, would benefit from replacement. The lower corners of the margins have been replaced, include a bit of facsimile neatline of the bottom right corner.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 5/9/2007