Auction 129, Lot 131

"Amplissimae Regionis Mississipi Seu Provinciae Ludovicianae…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial United States and Canada

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm

A striking map based on Delisle's landmark map of 1718, but covering a slightly larger area. It focuses on the Mississippi River Valley interior and Great Lakes, also detailing the Gulf Coast region, where the Mission de los Teyas is noted in present-day Texas. The map is splendidly adorned by vignettes of a buffalo and Native Americans in a cartouche filling the Atlantic, and a beaver colony at Niagara Falls under the title cartouche at upper left. Also depicted in the title cartouche is Father Louis Hennepin who explored the Great Lakes region and claimed to have reached the mouth of the Mississippi. The routes of Hennepin, de Soto and other explorers are traced in the map.

References: cf Cumming (SE) #170; Goss (NA) #49.

Condition: A

The impression is a bit lighter in the cartouches and there is some light soil in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/23/2009