Johann Baptist Homann Mappa Geographica complectens INDIAE OCCIDENTALIS PARTEM MEDIAM CIRCVM ISTHMVM PANAMENSEM etc., Homann Heirs, Nuremberg. 1740

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Johann Baptist Homann

Mappa Geographica complectens INDIAE OCCIDENTALIS PARTEM MEDIAM CIRCVM ISTHMVM PANAMENSEM etc., Homann Heirs, Nuremberg. 1740

A lovely collection of maps of the West Indies and insets of areas therein. The largest map is titled Carte des Isles de l'Amerique et de Plusiers Pays de Terre Ferme, and bears the name of the cartographer, D'Anville, and the date 1731.

A fine decorative cartouche bearing two portraits of Native Americans is flanked by insets of Panama and St. Augustine. At the bottom corners are insets of plats of Veracruz and Santo Domingo, with a bird's eye view of Mexico City between.

Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was a German engraver and publisher, who established himself and his family as perhaps the most famous German map publishers. Following his death, the business continued under the name "Homann Heirs."