Antique Map of Central Asia by Homann Heirs (c.1735)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Damp stained bottom left and right. Two small tears bottom edge. Light staining and soiling in the margins. A few small spots. Some minor crinkles. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1735
  • Overall size: 63 x 53.6 cm.
  • Image size: 58.8 x 49 cm.

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.. Antique Map of Central Asia by Homann Heirs (c.1735)

Description: Antique map titled 'Nova Maris Caspii et Regions Usbeck (..).' Detailed map of Central Asia centered on the Caspian Sea, showing Uzbekistan to the east of the Caspian sea and northern Persia. The finely engraved, hand colored title cartouche decorates the map which identifies towns such as Astrakan, Eriwan, Isphahan, Samarkand, and Cabul, and shows trade routes. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Following the long period of Dutch domination, the Homann family became the most important map publishers in Germany in the eighteenth century, the business being founded by J.B. Homann in Nuremberg about the year 1702. Soon after publishing his first atlas in 1707 he became a member of the Berlin academy of Sciences and in 1715 he was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. After the founder's death in 1724, the firm was continued under the direction of his son until 1730 and was then bequeathed to his heirs on the condition that it trades under the name of Homann Heirs. The firm remained in being until the next century and had a wide influence on map publishing in Germany. Apart from the atlases the firm published a very large number of individual maps. The Homanns produced a Neuer Atlas in 1714, a Grosser Atlas in 1737, and an Atlas Maior with about 300 maps in 1780. They also issued a special Atlas of Germany with full sized plans of principal cities, school atlases and an Atlas of Silesia in 1750 with 20 maps.