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- Published: Nürnberg
- Published date: 1738
- Technique: Copperengraving/handcolored., Copper engraving / hand colored.
- Issue date: 1738
- Category: Poland
- Type: map
- Size: 150 by 150mm (6 by 6 inches).
- Stock number: 30035
- Condition: Cut close to engraved borderline of the map. Upper left side with a small mended tear in the margin, else in good condition. 150 by 150mm (6 by 6 inches).
Original antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash, when published. Depict one view (from nine) of the ,Scenographia Urbium Silesiae, tab. VI' published 1738 by Homann Heirs, engraved from F.B. Werner. 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)
Scenographia Urbium Silesiae, tab. VI, 1738, Homann Heirs. Das ist VORSTELLUNG der Prospecte von den Staedten SCHLESIENS. sechste Tabell. in welcher die Fürnehmsten Staedte des Fürst. SCHWEIDNITZ accurat vorgestellet werden, entworfen von F.B.Werner Siles. und angefertigt von den Homaennischen Erben. Nürnberg 1738. Cum pr. S.C.M.