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Johann Baptist HOMANN Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata Anglorumque coloniis florentissima Geographica exhibita

Johann Baptist HOMANN

Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata Anglorumque coloniis florentissima Geographica exhibita

Nuremberg s.d. (circa 1716), 61,4x53cm, une feuille rempliée.



HOMANN Johann Baptist
Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata Anglorumque coloniis florentissima Geographica exhibita
Nuremberg s.d. (circa 1716), 61.4 x 53cm, one leaf folded. First edition and second print of this uncut map, copper engraved and heightened in colour of the time. The map is published for the first time in the Atlas Novus around 1716 and was republished for several decades. Beautiful cartouche on the lower right evidencing the trade between Native Americans and Europeans: pearls, weapons, tools, alcohol, textiles and furs, one of the economic pillars of New-England at the time. This very detailed map covers the geographic area from Philadelphia in the south to the St. Lawrence Valley in the north and shows the Native American and European colonies. It covers the States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Beautiful copy of one of the rare maps of the American North-East in the early eighteenth century, showing the region as it was considered before the British government commissioned more in-depth cartographic studies on the subject.
This map is the work of Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724), one of the most well-known cartographers, founder of one of the most important German publishing houses.
Conceived while the region was still being discovered, it shows a certain number of inaccuracies: Cape Cod is represented as an island and the port of Boston appears larger than its true size. The size of some lakes is exaggerated, whereas Lake Champlain is farther east that its actual location. Seneca Lake (New York State) is shown to be an immense sea that flows into the Hudson Valley and Lake George is then called “Lake Iroquois.” The representation of New France in the North is also inaccurate insofar as Montreal (Mont Royal) takes the shape of a huge island immediately adjacent to Lake Ontario. We also note the presence of the legendary Norumbega colony.
It is also one of the very first representations of New York City: Manhattan is identified as an island captioned “N. Loch,” which helps to identify this map as a second state.
Very beautiful copy.

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