1710 – J. B. Homann – Planiglobii Terrestris Hemisphaerio
Title: “Planiglobii Terrestris Cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti Generalis Exhibitio . . .”
Decorative double hemisphere map of the World, richly embellished with Celestial models of the northern and southern hemispheres and other natural phenomenon.
The map includes many famous cartographic inaccuracies. Very 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 NW 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.
Cartographer: Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724)
Engraving size: 56,5 x 48,8 cm
Sheet size: 61,5 x 52,5 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Reasonable condition, original colors, repaired marginal tears and small paper losses, but not into engraved area.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1710 and not a modern copy or reprint!