A DECORATIVE EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MAP OF THE AMERICAS
Totius Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis Novissima Representatio…
Full original color, 18 ½ x 21”. Printed on thick paper. One small tear near lower centerfold, otherwise a dark impression in very nice condition.
This is an early map by the leading German map publishing firm of the eighteenth century. J. B. Homann began engraving and publishing separate maps around 1702, and producing standardized and composite atlases in 1707. This map would have been included in these early atlases, as a basic compliment of a world map and maps of the continents would have been a necessity.
North America is divided into five regions: French Canada (in yellow), the English Colonies (blue), Spanish Florida (red), Spanish New Mexico (blue), and an unclaimed area to the west and including California outlined in orange. A hypothetical northwest coast of America extends indefinitely off the upper left corner of the map.
The map is quite decorative, with two baroque cartouches. The large pictorial title cartouche at lower left shows a Spaniard addressing a large gathering of native Americans. The cartouche is flanked by two large standing figures of native Americans who appear to be watching the scene, each elaborately dressed in elaborate costumes composed of feathers. In the background is a landscape with a colonial town, probably intended to represent Potosi in Peru.
Heinz, “A Programme for Map Publishing: The Homann Firm in the Eighteenth Century”. Imago Mundi 49 (1997), pp. 104-115.
Inventory No. 8128