"Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Repraesentatio", Homann, Johann Baptist
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 19.8 inches
54.1 x 50.3 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 putti 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.
Dark impression with old color. There is some light soil in the map and professionally repaired tears in margins, a couple of which just entered the neatline. A tear to the left of the centerfold in the celestial sphere at bottom has been neatly repaired.