Homann's splendid map of Sicily, Sardinia, the southern tip of Italy and the Maltese islands, with many place names and decorative details.

The large, sumptuous title cartouche shows Bacchus, Ceres, Vulcan at the forge, and putti holding up the coats of arms of Sicily and Sardinia.

Warships engage in combat at sea and in the bottom corners are inset plans of Catania and Valletta, the latter encased in a cartouche featuring a Knight of Malta and the Maltese coat of arms.

Certainly one of the most decorative and sought after maps of the region

Excellent original colour.

Very good condition

code : M4485

Cartographer : Homann Family

Date : 1720 Nuremberg

Size : 49*58 cms

availability : Available

Price : £575

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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