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Auction 157, Lot 82

"Americae Mappa Generalis Secundum Legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae Regulas...", Haas/Homann Heirs

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1746 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.1 x 18.4 inches
53.6 x 46.7 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.


Condition: B+

Original color on a thick sheet that has been backed with tissue to reinforce and repair several small cracks adjacent to the centerfold at top and one tiny hole in northwestern Africa. A small hole just above the title cartouche has been infilled. Two chips in the top blank margin have been replaced with old paper and there is minor soiling mostly in the blank margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/4/2016