HOMANN, Johann Baptist

Asiae Recentissima Delineatio, qua Status et Imperia Totius Orientis unacum Orientalibus Indiis exhibentur.

[circa 1720]
Size : 49 x 59 cm (taille de la feuille 51 x 59,7 cm)
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 442-29

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Beautiful map of Asia by Johann Baptist Homann in period colors, showing northern Australia and New Guinea. The map extends from Italy and Nubia in the west to Japan and the imaginary "Company Land" in the east. The beautiful engraved cartouche depicts a sultan pointing his scepter at prostrate subjects.

HOMANN, Johann Baptist

Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was born in Kammlach. He was an engraver and cartographer. In 1702 he founded his own publishing house in Nuremberg. The maps and atlases published under his name became among the most influential of the 18th century. Around 1707, he became a member of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences. In 1715 he was appointed geographer to the Kaiser of the Holy Roman Empire. He worked as an engraver for Funek, Jacob von Sandrart and Scherer. His works include the Atlas (1704), the Neuer Atlas (1707), the Grosser Atlas (1716) and the Atlas Methodicus (1719). After his death, his son, Johann Christoph, took over the business and continued to run the publishing house. After J. C.'s death, his heirs continued to run the publishing house as the Homann heirs, which lasted for almost a century after its foundation. Later works by Homann's heirs include Grosser Atlas (1731, 1737), Kleiner Atlas, Doppelmayer's Celestial Atlas (1742), Geographia Maior (1759) and Atlas Hommanianus (1762). Moreland and Bannister, 84; Tooley, 308