Very decorative double hemisphere World map.The map contains two smaller celestial spheres, above and below the hemisphere maps, showing the northern and southern skies and two smaller globes showing summer and winter time views. The four corners of the map depict windheads and natural phenomena such as water-spouts, volcanic eruptions and rainbows. Geographically, there are a number of interesting features on the map a large body of water is to the west of Hudson's Bay; the entire North American northwest is left blank reflecting great uncertainty of the region; the French are still firmly entrenched in Canada (Nova Francia); Tasmania (Diemens Land) is still far-removed from mainland Australia (Nova Hollandia); New Zealand is a partial coastline. The sailing routes of Dampier and others are marked.Original colour.Exceptionally good condition,no repairs,good margins,no added modern colour. SOLD

code : M973

Cartographer : Homann Family

Date : 9000./ .1720c Nuremberg

Size : 48.5*55cms

availability : Sold

Price : Sold

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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