Copper engraving, 51 x 57 cm, original hand colour, upper margin trimmed to platemark, a couple of trivial spots and stains, blank verso. Derived from individual maps of British possessions in North America by Hermann Moll which were published in his 1729 Atlas Minor (revised 1736).
Homann’s version arranges four maps one one sheet: Newfoundland and St. Lawrence Bay; New York and New Jersey; Virginia and Maryland; Carolina and Florida (the last mentioning the 1717 Azilia Land Grant in what became Georgia from 1733). There is explanatory text in German at the foot.
Of German origin himself, Moll was one of the most prolific map publishers operating in early 18th century London, and the borders on his maps support British claims in the region prior to the French and Indian War. 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).