"Planiglobii Terrestris cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Exhibitio", Homann, Johann Baptist
Period: 1720 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
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. 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 unusually elongated northwest coastline in North America, labeled Terra Esonis, and most of the Pacific incompletely mapped. The partial coastlines of Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea are noted. Nestled between the hemispheres are two detailed celestial maps. Text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.
A good impression on a sheet with original hand color, and some creasing and soil. There are two wormholes in the center of the map, and scattered light stains. The centerfold and one marginal tear have been reinforced on the verso, and the the margins are soiled.