Homann Heirs’ Map of British Islands in the CaribbeanSKU: 5571
Homann Heirs’ Map of British Islands in the Caribbean
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50 x 59 cm
Dominia Anglorum in praecipuis Insulis Americae ut sunt Insula S. Christopheri, Antegoa, Iamaica, Barbados nec non Insulae Bermudes vel Sommers
Copper engraving, 50 x 59 cm, original hand-colour, short tear extending into neatline from right-hand margin, old repair on verso, light waterstain in bottom left hand corner, blank verso.
Five maps on one sheet, showing British possessions in the Caribbean – St. Kitts, Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, and Jamaica – to various scales; text in Latin and German. The founder of the business, Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724), was a self-taught copper engraver who founded the leading German cartographic publishing house of the eighteenth-century. He was appointed cartographer to the Holy Roman Emperor in 1715, and his maps were sold throughout Europe. After Homann's death his maps were published by his son, Johann Christoph, and then by the Homann Heirs (his friend Johann Michael Franz and his stepsister's husband Johann Georg Ebersberger).