"Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Exhibitio", Homann, Johann Baptist
Period: 1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 19 inches
55.4 x 48.3 cm
One of the most decorative 18th century world maps. The two hemispheres are surrounded by vivid engravings of natural phenomena such as waterspouts, a rainbow, earthquakes, and a volcano. Windheads occupy the starry heavens, and two cherubs hold the title banner aloft. The map itself shows a typical geographical view of the period with an incorrect northwest coastline in North America, labeled Terra Esonis, and most of the Pacific incompletely mapped. Nestled between the hemispheres are two, detailed celestial maps.
Very crisp impression. Centerfold repaired and some damage in margins has been skillfully restored, including a bit of facsimile to the neatline at bottom right corner. There is a bit of soiling along centerfold, but overall very good.