Auction 127, Lot 79

"Charte von America nach Astronomischen Bestimmungen…", Gussefeld/Homann Heirs

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1813 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 22.5 inches
44.5 x 57.2 cm

This uncommon German map of the Americas features unusual mountain ranges throughout both North and South America. The United States is depicted with its new acquisition of Louisiana Territory but is still confined east of the Rocky Mountains. The boundaries in the west, between Canada and Mexico, are not delineated and the unexplored regions are left blank. The West or Oregon River is shown with dotted lines indicating two possible entry points into the Pacific and another dotted line connecting it with the Mississippi River - forming the long sought navigable passage across North America. The Hawaiian Islands are shown as the Sandwich Inseln with phonetic spelling for the individual island names. Between Hawaii and California there is an erroneous group of islands with Spanish names. These islands were introduced on maps in the mid-18th century and were not corrected until the early 19th century. The South American continent is very well mapped and filled with detail.


Condition: B+

Nice impression and original color with only a couple minor spots in the map. There is some minor paper damage in wide blank margins, not affecting map.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 2/25/2009