Homann Heirs’ Map of the Caribbean & Central AmericaSKU: 2194
Homann Heirs’ Map of the Caribbean & Central America
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59 x 49.5 cm
Mappa Geographica, complectens I. Indiae Occidentalis Partem Mediam Circum Isthmum Panamensem […] Carte des Isles de L’Amerique et Deplusieurs Pays de Terre Ferme situes su devant de ces Isles & autour de Golfe de Mexique
Copper engraving, 59 x 49.5 cm, original hand colour in outline, light browning, corners strengthened, blank verso.
The principal map, attributed to D’Anville, covers Central America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Carribean; insets show the isthmus of Panama and plans of Saint Augustine in northeastern Florida, Veracruz (Mexico) and San Domingo (Saint-Domingue, Haiti), with a view of Mexico City at the foot. 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).