Copper engraving, 50.5 x 57.5 cm, original hand colour, one or two marginal nicks and tears, blank verso. This map of Scandinavia was prepared for the Homann firm by August Gottlob Boehme (1719-1797).
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).