Homann's Map of Latvia & EstoniaSKU: 9618
Homann's Map of Latvia & Estonia
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The warlike putti on the cartouche of this map of what is now Latvia and Estonia, with parts of Lithuania, emphasise the contested nature of the region, especially during the early phases of the Great Northern War (1700-1721).
The Homann Empire
The founder of the Homann 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 (the privilege is engraved on our copy of the map), and his maps were sold throughout Europe. After Homann's death the business was continued by his son, Johann Christoph, and then by the Homann Heirs (his friend Johann Michael Franz and his stepsister's husband, the engraver Johann Georg Ebersberger).
Condition & Materials
Copper engraving, 48.5 x 58.5 cm, bright original hand-colour with black and white cartouche as issued, upper right hand corner of upper margin skilfully extended, blank verso.