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   M-12537 - Homann Map of the World in the 1740's



M-12537: (Image:  17 3/4 x 20 7/8'') ''PLANIGLOBII TERRESTRIS Mappa Universalis...''  J. M. Haas (Professor of Mathematics at Wittenberg). Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, c. 1746.  Engraved map with original hand coloring (cartouche later color).

This decorative map depicts the world in two hemispheres with one cartouche in Latin, and the other in French.  Although California is rejoined to the continent (Homann maps often depicted it as an island), the northwest region is still a mystery and left blank. The name ''America'' is divided between the Northern and Southern continents. The Australian continent is shown partially delineated. Topographical features are shown throughout with countries, major cities, waterways and mountains identified. The globes at the center top and bottom show the world from the Northern and Southern Polar regions.  The two oblique spheres in the corners show (right) the world centered on Nuremberg (where Homann died in 1724) and (left) its antipode.  The two smaller circles are solar diagrams. The title cartouches are a highly decorative baroque style with allegorical figures, plants and animals.  

The Latin title cartouche in the top left corner is decorated with the figure of Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, the god and goddess of the sea. He is shown blowing on his conch shell which he used to calm and raise the ocean waves and to his left is his sea horse. The right title cartouche is a festoon, decorated with animals, a parrot and four crowns representing the known continents (Europe, Asia, Africa and America).

Inventory Number: M-12537


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: 18th Century (1701-1800)
Date: c. 1746
Origin: Published in Nuremberg
Condition: Very good.
Measurements: 17 3/4 x 20 7/8''
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