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Auction 179, Lot 108

Homann's Decorative Map of Colonial America in the Era of the War of the Spanish Succession

"Regni Mexicani seu Novae Hispaniae Ludovicianae, N. Angliae, Carolinae, Virginiae et Pensylvaniae nec non Insularum Archipelagi Mexicani in America Septentrionali Accurata Tabula", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Colonial Eastern North America & West Indies

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 18.7 inches
56.6 x 47.5 cm
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This superb map covers the region from the Great Lakes and Nova Scotia through Central America, the Caribbean, and Venezuela, and from New Mexico (naming Taos and Santa Fe) to the eastern seaboard. The map is based largely on Delisle's map of 1703 (Carte du Mexique et de la Floride), depicting the social, political, and economic outcomes from the War of the Spanish Succession, also known as Queen Anne's War. The British colonies are shown confined east of the Appalachians and extending south almost to St. Augustine, deep into Spanish-claimed territory. The map itself is filled with settlement place names, Indian tribes, and villages. In present-day Texas, La Salle's ill-fated colony, and el passo (El Paso) are noted. Sea routes of treasure fleets from Vera Cruz and Cartagena to Havana and Spain are outlined. Richly embellished, a fine title cartouche depicts two native figures with items to trade, such as hides and blankets. In the Atlantic, there is a large scene of extensive gold mining operations, with Indians bringing their treasures to fill the Europeans' chest. Off the Pacific coast of Mexico is yet another opulent engraving of a raging sea battle, reminiscent of the battles fought in Queen Anne's War.

References: Manasek #72; Martin & Martin #17; Portinaro & Knirsch #CXV; Van Ermen, p. 42.

Condition: A

On watermarked paper with contemporary color in the map and later color in the decorative elements, minor soiling, and some short printer's creases. There are archival repairs to a tear that enters 1.5" into image at bottom center and a few chips in the bottom blank margin. A stamp for "Karten-Sammlung Hein Wenzel Berlin" appears on verso.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 9/16/2020