Rare large format map of America, with interesting detail, especially in the Northwest and the Northwest Passage.
This is the last of a series of maps by the Homann Heirs to show America and immediately pre-dates the report of Lewis & Clark's trip to the Columbia River. The presence of an Oregon River flowing hopefully from the area west of the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean is one of the last appearances of this river on a printed map. Nice treatment of the Northwest Coast and NW Passage, based upon the info derived from Vancouver, La Perouse, Cook, MacKenzie and contemporary explorers. Quivira and Neu Albion appear in the west. The Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands are noted.
A very rare late map by Christoph Fembo, one of the last publishers to use the Homann Heirs name.
Homann Heirs was a German publishing firm that enjoyed a major place in the European map market throughout the eighteenth century. Founded in 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, the business passed to his son, Christoph, upon Johann’s death in 1724. Christoph died in 1730, aged only 27, and the firm was inherited by subsequent Homann heirs. This altered the name of the company, which was known as Homann Erben, or Homann heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.