Auction 139, Lot 19

"Europa Poly Glotta… [on sheet with] Asia Poly-Glotta… [and] America cum Supplementis Poly-Glottis [and] Africa Poly-Glotta", Homann Heirs

Subject: Continents

Period: 1741 (published)

Publication: Synopsis universae philologiae

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 15 inches
42.7 x 38.1 cm

This is a fascinating set of four separate thematic maps of the continents (each measuring approximately 7.7 x 6") on a folio sheet. Each map identifies the different countries and linguistic divisions, with tables displaying their script, alphabets and spoken languages. Important in the history of thematic mapping, this is one of the first to use color to distinguish areas and subjects on a theme. A Latin key in the lower right of the Africa map describes the colors used to show the habitation of descendants of Ham, Japheth and Shem after the Flood. The American map depicts California as an island, and oddly includes what appears to be Persian and Indian alphabets in panels to the right. Drawn by Gottfried Hensel and engraved by S. Dorn.

References: McLaughlin #229; Robinson, pp 55-56, and 130-132.

Condition: B+

Original color with a small printer's crease that extends from the Africa map to the America map along with a few scattered spots. There is also some creasing and soiling in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $650

Closed on 2/15/2012