Auction 121, Lot 69

"Totius Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Novissima Repraesentatio…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.3 x 19 inches
56.6 x 48.3 cm

This attractive map is a revision of the elder Homann's 1710 map of the Americas. After his death in 1724, his son (Johann Christoph Homann) re-engraved the plate to correct the western coastline of North America, shown here extending very far west and north, with very little detail. California is no longer shown as an island, although the remnants of the interior sea can be seen near the Pais de Moozemleck, and a hint of a hoped for Northwest Passage is beginning to take shape. The Great Lakes are taking shape, being actively explored by the French fur traders and Hudson's Bay Company. The map is decorated with two large pictorial cartouches, the one at top shows natives worshipping a fearsome demon at the right, while at left they listen placidly to a priest. The lower cartouche features the landscape, native fauna and two natives.

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Condition: B+

An attractive example with some light soil in map. The margins have been trimmed, but are still ample and they are soiled and damp stained.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/26/2007

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