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Auction 162, Lot 73

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

Subject: Western Hemisphere - America

Period: 1746 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 18.2 inches
52.8 x 46.2 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+

Watermarked paper with an exceptionally good impression, which is usually weak in the title cartouche, and original color in the map with later color in the cartouche. There is light soiling, a couple of tiny holes, and archival repairs to a 2" tear and two worm holes adjacent to the centerfold at bottom, with a minute amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 4/26/2017