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- Published: Nürnberg, Homanns Erben. , Nürnberg
- Published date: 1739
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Type: Antique Map, map
- Issue date: 1739
- Category: Plan of Berlin
- Size: 495 by 568mm (19 by 22 inches).
- Stock number: 29728
- Condition: Old colored example with old oxidations in the wash colors, verso minor mendings and the margins of the full sheet with tracks of the old mounting. Kräftig und klar gedrucktes Exemplar dieses Stadtplans von Berlin erschienen bei Homanns Erben.
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash, when published. Detaillierter Plan von Berlin kombiniert mit einem dekorativen Panoramablick auf die Stadt. Herausgegeben von Homanns Erben nach dem Plan von Johann Friedrich Walter aus dem Jahr 1737. Der detaillierte Stadtplan ist oben mit einer umfangreichen Tabelle mit Erklärungen zu Parks, wichtigen Gebäuden, Kirchen, Wäldern, Stadtteilen usw. ausgestattet. - Der Panoramablick sowie Erklärungen zu der Stadt und ihren Gebäuden am unteren Rand. Detailed plan of Berlin combined with a decorative panoramic city view. Published by Homann's heirs after the plan of Johann Friedrich Walter from 1737. The detailed city plan equipped above with an extensive table of explanations of parks, important buildings, churches, forests, parts of the city etc. - The panoramic view as well with explanations to the city and its buildings at the bottom. 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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