Auction 123, Lot 99

"Americae Mappa generalis…", Haas/Homann Heirs

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1746 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
20.5 x 18 inches
52.1 x 45.7 cm

Handsome and decorative eighteenth century map of the Americas with considerable detail throughout, and extending to the western part of Africa and southwest Europe. There is only an amorphous coastline shown above the peninsular California, with the Pacific Northwest left blank. The very large title cartouche includes two erupting volcanoes, Native Americans, palm trees, sugar cane, parrots and what appears to be a pot of gold. Johann Matthias Haas was a professor of mathematics at Wittenberg, and he worked with the Homann Heirs updating their map stock.

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Condition: A

Original coloring on a sturdy sheet. The margins have some damp staining, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/20/2008

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