Large antique map of China, by Matth. Haas, published by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg, ca. 1740. An explanatory table at lower left gives the Chinese, Tartar and Latin names for features such as rivers and lakes. China with the provinces coloured separately. The title cartouche consists of Mandarins and rampant Chinese dragons under a canopy of peacock feathers.. A decorative and informative map revealing European knowledge of China in the mid-eighteenth century.

Original full colour excepting cartouche which was never coloured.

very good condition.

code : M2743

Cartographer : Homann Family

Date : 1738 Nuremberg

Size : 58*52 cms

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Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724) started his career in Amsterdam as an apprentice with the Danckerts family before returning to Nuremberg to establish himself in business in 1702.

The firm quickly became the principal geographical publishers in Germany and in 1715 Homann was appointed Geographer to the Holy Roman Emperor and he was also a member of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences.

His publications included the "Neuer Atlas Ueber Die Gantze Welt ..." in 1707-. The "Grosser Atlas ..." of 1716- and the "Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperioa" in c.1720, as well as many others. Johann died in 1724 and was succeeded by his son Johann Christoph who died in 1730. After his death the firm took the name Homann's Heirs and continued thereafter until 1813. Publications with the Homann's Heirs' imprint included the "Grosser Atlas" in 1731, Doppelmays'r "Atlas Coelestis ..." in 1742 and the "Atlas Geographicus Maior ..." in 1753-, amongst others. Throughout this entire period the firm were the leading map publishers in Germany, employing a number of very important cartographers