TOTIUS AMERICAE SEPTENTRIONALIS ET MERIDIONALIS NOVISSIMA REPRAESENTATIO....

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Johann Baptist Homann


Totius Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Novissima Repraesentatio....

Copper plate engraving. 1710, (c.1725).
Image size 18 3/4 x 22 1/2" (47.7 x 57.2 cm) plus margins.
Good condition, original hand coloring. Backed with rice paper.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 86405
Price: $1,800.00
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This map was first issued in 1710 and showed California as an island. There were at least two additional revisions. After J. B. Homann died 1724, his son Johann Christoph, re-engraved the plate to correct the western coastline of North America, shown here extending very far west and north. There is little detail and is simply titled "Costa Terrae Borealis incognitae." California is now attached to the mainland, although the remnants of the interior sea, aka sea of the west, can be seen near the Pais de Moozemleck. The Great Lakes are better delineated. The Solomon Islands are prominently displayed in the Pacific though too far to the east.

Johann Baptist Homann, a German engraver and publisher who established himself and his family in Nuremberg in 1702. He published his first atlas, "Atlas Novus" in 1707, and in recognition of this achievement, he was elected to the Berlin Academy of Sciences. In 1715 Homann was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. Homann died in 1724 and his business was continued by his family under the name Homann's Heirs into the late 18th century.
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