Auction 140, Lot 31

"Neue Welt-Karte Welche auf Zwoo Kugelflaechen die Haupt-Theile der Erde…", Homann Heirs

Subject: World

Period: 1784 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 18.8 inches
57.2 x 47.8 cm

This interesting world map presents some curious cartography, given the date of the map. The Great Lakes are shown as one huge body of water and California is strangely shaped with the Baja nearly appearing as an island. Australia includes several place names on the eastern coast, which resulted from Cook's discoveries in 1770. However, Van Diemens Land is still shown connected to the mainland. The tracks of several late 18th century expeditions are shown. Color key and German text panel below the hemispheres.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with wide margins and original color. Light, uneven toning with a crease in left blank margin.

Estimate: $850 - $1,100


Closed on 5/23/2012