"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: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.7 x 18.9 inches
57.7 x 48 cm
This attractive map is a revision of the elder Homann's 1710 map of the Americas. After his death in 1724, his son (Johann Christoph Homann) re-engraved the plate to correct the western coastline of North America, shown here extending very far west and north, with very little detail. The coastline is labeled Costa Terrae Borealis and is attributed to the reports by João da Gama, who sighted land while traversing the Pacific Ocean in 1589-90. California is no longer shown as an island, although the remnants of the interior sea can be seen near the Pais de Moozemleck where a river nearly connects with the Mississippi River system, hinting at the possibility of a Northwest Passage. The Great Lakes are taking shape, being actively explored by the French fur traders and the Hudson Bay Company. The Solomon Islands are prominently placed in the Pacific, considerably too far to the east. The map is decorated with two large pictorial cartouches, the one at top shows natives worshiping a fearsome demon at the right, while at left they listen placidly to a priest. The lower cartouche also features the landscape and native fauna.
A superb, sharp impression on a bright sheet with a small coat of arms watermark, full contemporary color in the map, and later color in the cartouches. There is light stain near the center of the map, just west of Peru.