Auction 130, Lot 34

"Planiglobii Terrestris cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Exhibitio", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: World

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

This is one of the most decorative eighteenth century world maps. The two hemispheres are surrounded by vivid engravings of natural phenomena such as waterspouts, a rainbow, earthquakes, and a volcano. Wind heads occupy the starry heavens and two cherubs hold the title banner aloft. This is an early example of this map with California presented as an island and a coastline stretching toward Asia labeled Terra Esonis. Nestled between the hemispheres are two detailed celestial maps. Text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.


Condition: B+

Fine, dark impression with original color and a few unobtrusive tiny spots. There is a minor printer's crease in the lower right corner.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,250

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 12/2/2009