Antique Map of Austria by Homann (c.1720)

  • Condition: Fair, given age. Several imperfections such as repaired tears in the margins, creases, staining, slight paper loss left and bottom right margin; backed. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: c.1720
  • Overall size: 61 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 58 x 48.7 cm.

€ 280,–($ 329.53 / £ 255.67)

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.. Antique Map of Austria by Homann (c.1720)

Description: Antique map titled 'Archiducatus Austriae inferioris (..).' Decorative map of Austria, centered on the course of the Danube River and Vienna. Shows the region from Enss and Steyr to Presburg and Altenburg. Title cartouche with scale and coat of arms. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Johann Baptist Homann'. 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.