Auction 122, Lot 92

"Americae Mappa generalis…", Homann Heirs

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1746 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.5 x 18.3 inches
52.1 x 46.5 cm

This attractive map of the Americas is filled with detail throughout. There is no coastline shown above the peninsular California, leaving out the usual conjectures about the Northwest Passage. South America shows very developed river systems, with the La Plata River terminating in a fictional Lacus Xarayes. The extravagant title cartouche includes two erupting volcanoes, Native Americans (one who appears to be holding a shrunken head), birds and a pot of gold or silver.

References:

Condition: B

A strong sheet with original color and some toning with a small hole on the centerfold. The margins have some light stains and a chip,a nd there is a soft crease on the left side of the map.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Unsold

Closed on 12/5/2007

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