Auction 150, Lot 70

"Totius Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Novissima Repraesentatio quam ex Singulis Recentium Geographorum Tabulis Collecta Luci Publicae Accommodavit", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1710 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia...

Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 19.4 inches
58.2 x 49.3 cm

This lovely early edition of Homann's map of the Americas shows California as an island on the second Sanson model. The Strait of Anian forms an entrance to a potential Northwest Passage between California and the mythical Terra Esonis Incognita, which forms a nearly continuous land bridge from North America to Asia. The Mississippi River and Great Lakes show the results of the early French Jesuit explorations. A large lake in the Southeastern United States is a remnant of Le Moyne's mythical cartography of the previous century. In South America, the Capitanias of Brazil are delineated and the Amazon and other interior features are beginning to take realistic form. The map is embellished with two fine cartouches, each with scenes of natives, Jesuits, and European merchants.

References: McLaughlin #175; Tooley (Amer) p. 129 #79; Portinaro & Knirsch #109.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color on watermarked paper with light soiling. There are archival repairs to centerfold separations at top and bottom, a tear that enters 1.5" into map at top left, and a chip at bottom along centerfold, with a minor amount of rhumb line and border expertly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $950

Closed on 9/17/2014