"Americae Mappa Generalis…", Haas/Homann Heirs
Subject: Western Hemisphere
Period: 1746 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.5 x 19 inches
54.6 x 48.3 cm
This is a handsome, decorative eighteenth century map of the Americas with considerable detail throughout. It extends to the western part of Africa and southwest Europe. There is only an amorphous coastline shown above the peninsular California, with the Pacific Northwest left blank. The very large title cartouche includes two erupting volcanoes, Native Americans, palm trees, sugar cane, parrots and a pot of gold. Johann Matthias Haas was a professor of mathematics at Wittenberg, and he worked with the Homann Heirs updating their map stock.
Sharp impression in the cartouche, which is weak on many examples of the map. There are a few light spots, and some expert paper repairs along centerfold, to the southeast of South America, and in blank margins.