A superb plan of Amsterdam with remarkably fresh early colour. It has a panoramic view of the city below, based on Merians panorama, complete with fine allegorical vignettes either side representing trade made with all corners of the globe.

Above the view is a regal figure flanked by putti.

A series of tables number 286 fortifications and streets.

Most indicative of the importance of trade to Amsterdam are the presence of the warehouses for the Dutch East and West India Companies.

Excellent original colour

A very fine example of this map

REF/ Fauser (1978) 401.

code : M5215

Cartographer : Homann Family

Date : 1727 Nuremberg

Size : 49*57.5 cms

availability : Available

Price : £750

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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