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Auction 125, Lot 115

"Regni Mexicani seu Novae Hispaniae, Ludovicianae, N. Angliae, Carolinae, Virginiae, et Pensylvaniae nec non Insularum Archipelagi Mexicani in America Septentrionali Accurata Tabula …", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial North America and Caribbean

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 18.5 inches
57.2 x 47 cm

This superb map covers the region from the Great Lakes and Nova Scotia through Central America, the Caribbean and Venezuela, and from New Mexico (naming Taos and Santa Fe) to the eastern seaboard. The map is based largely on Delisle's map of 1703 (Carte du Mexique et de la Floride). The British colonies are shown confined east of the Appalachians. The map itself is filled with settlement place names, Indian tribes and villages. In present-day Texas, La Salle's ill-fated colony, and el passo (El Paso) are noted. Sea routes from Vera Cruz and Cartagena to Havana and Spain are outlined. Richly embellished with a fine title cartouche that depicts two native figures and symbols of America's natural resources. In the Atlantic, there is a large scene of extensive gold mining operations with Indians bringing their treasures to fill the Europeans' chest. Off the Pacific coast of Mexico is yet another opulent engraving of a raging sea battle between many ships.

References: Van Ermen p.42; cf Cumming (SE) #137; Manasek #72; Martin & Martin plt.17.

Condition: B+

Some uneven toning and extraneous creases, which have been reinforced with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000


Closed on 9/24/2008