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- Published: Homann , Nürnberg
- Published date: 1732
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Type: Antique Map, map
- Issue date: 1732-40
- Category: Naumburg & Zeitz
- Size: 456 by 550mm (18 by 21 inches).
- Stock number: 20529
- Condition: In excellent condition. Published plano without a centre fold. 456 by 550mm (18 by 21 inches).
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash. Engraved after a sketch by J. G. Schreiber published at Homanns Heirs in Nürnberg. Das Kartenbild zeigt den Bereich von Borna im Osten bis Camburg im Westen, im Norden von Freiburg bis Gerau im Süden. In der linken unteren Ecke ist eine große allegorische Titelkartusche graviert. Eine Erklärung der Zeichen über die Größe der Städte und Dörfer, Straßen und Brücken ist in der oberen rechten Ecke angebracht. The map shows the area from Borna in the east to Camburg in the west, in the north from Freiburg to Gerau in the south. A large allegorical title cartouche is engraved in the lower left corner. An explanation of the signs about the size of towns and villages, streets and bridges is in the upper right corner. 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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