Auction 124, Lot 9

"Europa Poly Glotta… [together with] Asia Poly-Glotta… [and] America cum Supplementis Poly-Glottis [and] Africa Poly-Glotta", Homann Heirs

Subject: Continents

Period: 1741 (published)

Publication: Synopsis universae philologiae

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 12.8 inches
40.1 x 32.5 cm

This is a fascinating set of thematic maps consisting of four separate maps of the continents (each measuring approximately 7.7 x 6") on four joined sheets. Each map identifies the different countries and linguistic divisions, and each contains tables displaying their script, alphabets and spoken languages. These are important in the history of thematic mapping and one of the first to use color to distinguish areas and subjects on a theme. A Latin key in the lower right of the Africa describes the colors to show the areas of descendants of Ham, Japheth and Shem after the Flood. The American map depicts California as an island, and oddly includes what appears to be Persian and Indian alphabets in the blank sea. Drawn by Gottfried Hensel and engraved by S. Dorn.

References: McLaughlin #229; Robinson, pp 55-56, and 130-132.

Condition: A

A good impression with original hand color. The lower, blank margin has some faint discoloration and a couple short tears, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $850

Closed on 5/7/2008