Antique Map of Greece by Homann Heirs (c.1720)

  • Condition: Good, given age. Paper separation top and bottom middle fold; repaired. Some staining and light soiling in the margins. Neatly repaired tear top right, extending 1,5 cm into image. Vertical crease next to middle fold. 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: 64 x 53.5 cm.
  • Image size: 57.6 x 48.4 cm.

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.. Antique Map of Greece by Homann Heirs (c.1720)

Description: Antique map titled 'Fluviorum in Europa principis Danubii cum adiacentibus Regnis.' Detailed map of Greece, the Balkans and contiguous parts of the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. The map is decorated with a striking cartouche and an inset map of the Upper Danube region and shows the straits from the Aegean into the Black Sea. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Homann Heirs' after an anonymous artist. Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Homann Heirs'. 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.