"Planiglobii Terrestris Mappa Universalis…", Homann Heirs
Period: 1746 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.6 x 18.2 inches
54.9 x 46.2 cm
Large double hemisphere world map including four polar spheres, each in a different projection. Two interesting diagrams depict the earth as it would be seen from space. North America is still blank above California and Hudson Bay is open-ended in the northwest corner. In Oceania there are partial coastlines of New Zealand and Australia. Two very large, decorative cartouches contain the titles, one in Latin, the other French. The Latin cartouche features mythical sea creatures and the other is surrounded fruit and animals representing the bounty of the earth.
Expert restorations to include repair of several tears and replacement of paper at side margins which includes facsimile in the upper part of the cartouche and border of sphere at right. Superb restoration work and now a very attractive decorative map.