This finely engraved,
beautifully hand coloured original 1st
edition antique map of America by Johann Baptiste Homann
was published in 1710.
This map is in beautiful condition, with a heavy, dark
impression signifying an early pressing, beautiful
original hand colouring on clean heavy and stable paper,
a wonderful example of this hard to find map.
A wonderfully constructed map, an uncommon 1st edition, showing California as an Island based on
Nicolas Sanson's second model, with additions of the towns, S Isidoro, Gigante and N S de
la Guadalupe inserted in the south of the Island. The Straits of Anian are
shown forming a Northwest Passage between California and
the mythical Terra Esonis, which forms a nearly
continuous land bridge from the Northwest to Asia.
The Pays de Moozemleck is shown east of the Straits of
Anian. This landmark remains virtually unchanged through
all of Homann's maps of America, despite the later
transition to a peninsular California, resulting in an
odd change from a coastal to an apparently landlocked
position for this landmark.
The Great Lakes have a little more updated information
and the Mississippi River shows the results of the early
French Jesuit explorations. The rivers source extends to
the far North of the limits of the maps produced 20 and
30 years earlier, although Le Moyne's mythical lake in
the Southeastern US remains. The title cartouche is
based upon De Fer's landmark map of 1699. The top
dedication cartouche is based upon De L'Isle's 1703 map
of Canada. (Ref: Tooley; M&B)
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - Off white
Age of map color: - Original color:
Colors used: - Green, yellow, pink, orange.
General color appearance: - Authentic & beautiful
Paper size: - 23in x 20in (585mm x 510mm)
Plate size: - 22 1/2in x 19 1/4in (575mm x 490mm)
Margins: - Min 1/4in (7mm)
Margins: - Thumb print bottom left corner
Plate area: - None
Verso: - Bottom centerfold re-joined, no loss