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Auction 145, Lot 86

"America", Probst, Johann Michael

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1784 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor ex Tabulis Geographicis

Color: Hand Color

9.3 x 6.6 inches
23.6 x 16.8 cm
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Scarce, curious map of the Americas that was based on the cartography of Johann Schreiber. It shows a very late depiction of the mythical island of California with the Terra Esonis Incognita coastline stretching towards Asia, and an amorphous Great Lakes. The title cartouche includes the incongruent appearance of an elephant and a lion. At right is a panel of German text describing the regions and colonial possessions. Additional text describing America is at bottom.

References: McLaughlin #242.

Condition: B+

Sharp impression and vibrant original color. There is a faint damp stain in bottom margin with a tiny unobtrusive spot and a minute wormhole in the map, else very good.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 6/12/2013