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- Published: Nürnberg
- Published date: 1735
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Issue date: 1735
- Type: map
- Size: 488 by 583mm (19 by 23 inches).
- Stock number: 29441
- Condition: In very good condition. 488 by 583mm (19 by 23 inches).
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash, when published. The area includes the southern and central Caspian Sea as well as northern Persia and the eastern Caucasus, Dagestan, Armenia and the area of the Bukhara Province in western Uzbekistan. The title cartouche was engraved on the bottom right of a tent, next to it were indigenous people and a camel procession. At the top right is a decorative city view showing the fortified city of Baka (then known as Tereki) in Dagestan, Russia. This map also shows the old trade routes and is shown with many ships in the Caspian Sea. Das Gebiet umfasst das südliche und zentrale Kaspische Meer sowie Nordpersien und den östlichen Kaukasus, Dagestan, Armenien und das Gebiet der Provinz Buchara im Westen Usbekistans. Die Titelkartusche wurde unten rechts auf ein Zelt graviert, daneben Ureinwohnern und ein Kamelzug. Oben rechts befindet sich eine dekorative Stadtansicht, die die befestigte Stadt Baka (damals bekannt als Tereki) in Dagestan, Russland, zeigt. Diese Karte zeigt auch die alten Handelswege und ist mit vielen Schiffen im Kaspischen Meer dargestellt. Johann Baptist Homann (20 March 1664 – 1 July 1724) was a German geographer and cartographer, who also made maps of the Americas. Homann was born in Oberkammlach near Kammlach in the Electorate of Bavaria. Although educated at a Jesuit school, and preparing for an ecclesiastical career, he eventually converted to Protestantism and from 1687 worked as a civil law notary in Nuremberg. He soon turned to engraving and cartography; in 1702 he founded his own publishing house. Homann acquired renown as a leading German cartographer, and in 1715 was appointed Imperial Geographer by Emperor Charles VI. Giving such privileges to individuals was an added right that the Holy Roman Emperor enjoyed. In the same year he was also named a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Of particular significance to cartography were the imperial printing privileges (Latin: privilegia impressoria). These protected for a time the authors in all scientific fields such as printers, copper engravers, map makers and publishers. They were also very important as a recommendation for potential customers. In 1716 Homann published his masterpiece Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt (Grand Atlas of all the World). Numerous maps were drawn up in cooperation with the engraver Christoph Weigel the Elder, who also published Siebmachers Wappenbuch. Homann died in Nuremberg in 1724. He was succeeded by his son Johann Christoph (1703-1730). The company carried on upon his death as Homann heirs company, managed by Johann Michael Franz and Johann Georg Ebersberger. After subsequent changes in management the company folded in 1852. The company was known as "Homann Erben", "Homanniani Heredes", or "Heritiers de Homann" abroad. (Wikipedia)
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