JOHANN BAPTISTE HOMANN (GERMAN, 1663-1724), PLANIGLOBII TERRESTRIS CUM UTROQ HEMISPHAERIO CAELESTI…

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Johann Baptiste Homann (German, 1663-1724)

Planiglobii Terrestris cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti…

Published, Nuremberg, ca. 1720

Engraving with hand-coloring

Sheet size: 20 ¼ x 23 ½”

Plate mark: 19 x 21 5/8”

Frame size: 25 ½ x 28 5/8”

 

Decorative double hemisphere map of the world, richly embellished with Celestial models of the northern and southern hemispheres and other natural phenomena.

The map includes many famous cartographic inaccuracies. It also shows an incomplete Australia, although with place names and notes of the early discoverers included. The east coast of New Zealand is shown, along with the Tracts of Tasman's 1642 voyage and Magellan's Voyage. The detail in SE Asia is very interesting for the period, as is the treatment of Japan and the Northwest Coast of America.

The allegorical scenes around the map are a rich combination of science, fantasy, and artwork, including two celestial hemispheres, Mt. Etna erupting, numerous natural phenomena of land and sea, and representations of movements of the sun. Numerous cherubs and windheads, representations of the stars, sun and moon, and other decorative features are shown.