Auction 129, Lot 116

"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 West Indies

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 18.5 inches
57.2 x 47 cm

A superb map covering 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. Sea routes from Vera Cruz and Cartagena to Havana and Spain are outlined. It is richly embellished with a fine title cartouche depicting 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 European's chest. Off the Pacific coast of Mexico is yet another opulent engraving of a raging sea battle.

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

Condition: B

Sharp impression and original color with minor toning on centerfold and a few spots. The lower centerfold has a professionally repaired separation, and there is an old repair on a 1/2" tear into the Lesser Antilles.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 9/23/2009