Copper engraving, 49.5 x 56 cm, original hand colour, slight paper thinning at centrefold and oxidisation of green pigments, blank verso. Map of the continent of Asia prepared for the Homann firm by Johann Matthias Hase, professor of mathematics in Wittemberg, on his stereographic horizontal projection; Hase died in 1742, and many of his maps were published posthumously.
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, 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).