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- Published: Homann , Nürnberg
- Published date: 1729
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Type: Antique Map, map
- Issue date: 1729
- Category: Lauenburg
- Size: 565 by 477mm (22 by 18 inches).
- Stock number: 20514
- Condition: In excellent condition. Published plano without a centre fold. 565 by 477mm (22 by 18 inches).
Article descriptionOriginal antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash when published. Detailreiche Karte des Gebietes östlich von Hamburg, ehemaliges Herzogtums Sachsen-Lauenburg. Oben links eine Insetkarte des Landes Hadeln. Es handelt sich hierbei um eine historische Landschaft an der unteren niedersächsischen Elbe. Unten links die prachtvolle unkolorierte Titelkartusche mit zahlreichen Allegorien. Im Zentrum der Darstellung der Titel eingraviert auf einen Sockel. Die Göttin Pax zeigt neben ihren Attributen verschiedene Wappen, unter anderem des Hauses Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Unter ihr die Darstellung einer Schlacht. Im linken unteren Eck ist Heinrich der Löwe in Rüstung mit einem Löwen eingraviert. Am rechten Bildrand ein von einem Putti getragener Meilenzeiger. Detailed map of the area east of Hamburg, former Duchy of Saxony-Lauenburg. An inset map of the country of Hadeln at the top left. It is a historical landscape on the lower Elbe in Lower Saxony. At the bottom left is the magnificent uncolored title cartouche with numerous allegories. The title engraved in the center of the illustration. In addition to her attributes, the goddess Pax shows various coats of arms, including those from the House of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Below her is the representation of a battle. Henry the Lion in armor is engraved with a lion in the lower left corner. On the right edge of the picture a mileage indicator carried by a putti. 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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