"Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Repraesentatio", Homann, Johann Baptist
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 18.8 inches
59.2 x 47.8 cm
The hemispheres of this very decorative world map 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. The map itself shows a typical geographical view of the period with an incorrect northwest coastline in North America, labeled Terra Esonis, and most of the Pacific incompletely mapped. Nestled between the hemispheres are two detailed celestial maps. Text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.
There is some extraneous creasing along the centerfold with professional repair on the fold in the bottom celestial sphere and the map center.