1746 HOMANN WORLD MAP Twin Hemisphere Mappe Monde 6 Insets + 2 Fine Cartouches

August 7th 2017 -

1746 HOMANN WORLD MAP Twin Hemisphere Mappe Monde 6 Insets + 2 Fine Cartouches

Planiglobii Terrestris – Mappe Monde. 55 cm x 46 cm copperplate engraving, 59 cm x 52 cm sheet size, original and later hand colour, Nürnberg, 1746. We are pleased to offer this scarce example of the double hemisphere world map from the firm of Homann Erben (Heirs), the leading German map publisher of the 18th century. Founded by the Imperial Geographer Johann Baptist Homann. Homann maps are renowned for being both wonderfully decorative yet containing meticulous cartography reflecting the latest discoveries of the era. This elegantly designed Mappe-Monde was compiled by the mathematician, astronomer and cartographer and George Moritz Lowitz. The map presents a fascinating snapshot of the known world in the mid 18th century and stands as a striking reminder of just how much knowledge was yet to be revealed by the voyages of James Cook. A classic antique map of significant historic interest, this example exhibits some damage and a number of significant condition issues (see description below) that warrant careful examination but the overall appearance is such that if matted just beyond the neatline for framing it could still make for a quite handsome presentation. We begin our survey of the map with the ornately engraved two part title cartouche. The Latin cartouche features a Neptune figure blowing his shell horn while grasping a piece of coral while animals including a sea monster thrash in the surf. The French cartouche displays a jeweled crown, a parrot, a coiled snake, game, driftwood and a dog. Turning to the map itself, we see a somewhat speculative American interior (although with a surprisingly prescient Missouri River) with Lake Superior shown as “Tracy Lake”, as well as an enormous estuary for the Mississippi River. Note California no longer insular and largely speculative knowledge of the Pacific Northwest based on Russian expeditions. Note exaggerated width of Amazon and mythical inland lake Laguna de los Xarayes. While various islands in the Pacific are listed with the dates and names of their discoverers. To get a sense of map detail consider that the distance from Lima to Buenos Aires as seen below measures just 4 cm actual size. A somewhat confused depiction of the region north of Japan includes Yedo (Hokkaido) as a continental peninsula along with the fictional “Society Land” or “Batavica” while Tibet is shown as the realm of the Dalai Lamae. ” Novaya Zemlya is also shown as connected to the main continent while the African interior largely presented as “incognita – note also projected northern extension of Australia with a putative connection to New Guinea. Note prime meridian passing through Ferro in the Canary Islands and Nürnberg-centric cartography on Hase’s Circulus Horizontalis Norimbergensis inset map, one of six spherical insets including celestial maps such as the one at left showing solar illuminations in different hemispheres. Hase refrained from speculating as to a southern continent. South Polar map with Australia joined to New Guinea as part of a enormous projected landmass potentially including New Zealand. North Polar map, projecting hope for a Northwest Passage. Condition – Please note carefully: M ap is in overall fair condition at best as can be ascertained from photos, strong impression with distinct platemark, image area clean for the most part, centrefold as issued. There are significant condition issues and areas of damage that should be very carefully reviewed along with the attendant photos. First, it should be noted that the map has been laid down on a relatively thin backing sheet of heavier paper stock – this appears to be a very old “repair” and was somewhat common for so-called composite atlases where maps from various cartographers were bound together in a single volume. There is an area of loss east of South America between the two hemispheres in the Atlantic that is 15 mm x 10 mm with no loss of map data. To the immediate left of this area of loss there is a thin vertical line of loss 14 cm in length extending from the equator and well into the south polar map. While for the most part less than 2 mm wide this vertical line truncates one or two letters of all the placenames it contacts. These areas of loss can be evaluated in the detail photo of South America. There is significant damage to the centrefold including old repairs that were not entirely well executed. The centrefold from just north of the equator all the way through the bottom margin should be considered as having been completely separated, somewhat crudely remounted to the backing paper stock, with varying areas of loss, most severely within the southern polar map and can be evaluated in the detail photo thereof. There is one small area of loss near the Canary Islands in the north polar map and can be evaluated in the detail photo thereof. The map exhibits pronounced horizontal creasing and some associated soiling more or less along the Antarctic Circle in both hemispheres. The map exhibits two somewhat pronounced repaired tears entering from right margin and extending 5 cm past neatline. Two additional conjugate short tears are present in left margin but terminate at neatline. Lower left corner margin appears to have been reattached. A horizontal internal crease is present on the left edge of the western hemisphere map just below equator. Two short tears enter the south polar map on opposite sides of the damaged centrefold, with the one at left continuing as a faint crease most of the way to South America within that map. The map exhibits pronounced soiling to margins with dampstains in the upper corners and some of the soiling in lower margin extending into image area, with south polar map exhibiting the most. The map exhibits a faint vertical band of agetoning 6 cm wide along centrefold that is most likely associated with an old binding strip. Two small wormholes present in top margin but are of course filled with backing paper. The hand colour of all the cartography is original and as issued by the publisher; the partial and inexpertly executed colour in the cartouches is obviously by a later hand. We again urge interested parties to carefully review the photos and evaluate primarily on that basis using this condition description as an guideline to examining the images of the areas mentioned. Despite this litany of condition issues and damage the overall appearance is such that if matted just beyond the neatline for framing it could still make for a quite handsome presentation. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other auctions. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted. In response to frequent inquiries, please be advised that the terms. An image printed on a sheet of paper, and that all such items are unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic – we never offer reproductions. Please see our glossary. We conduct our business in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Some to beautify their halls, parlours and chambers… Maps begin as dreams, pass through a finite life in the world, and resume as dreams again.. Maps and Atlases Globes and Planetaria Historic Town Views and Plans Engravings, Woodcuts and Lithographs Books and Ephemera Scientific Instruments Curiosities and Oddities. The item “1746 HOMANN WORLD MAP Twin Hemisphere Mappe Monde 6 Insets + 2 Fine Cartouches” is in sale since Thursday, October 09, 2014. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World Maps”. The seller is “regiomontanus” and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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