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Homann’s Map of Stockholm

SKU: 9255
£850.00

Title:
Homann’s Map of Stockholm

Date of publication:
c.1715

Printed Measurement:
49.5 x 58.5 cm

Colour:
original

Mapmaker(s):

  • Johann Baptist Homann
  • Accurater Grundriß und Prospect Der Kön. Schwed. Reichs. u. Hauptstadt Stockholm…

    Copper engraving, 49.5 x 58.5 cm, original hand colour, one or two marginal nicks and tears, light vertical creases to right of centrefold, blank verso.

    The elaborate cartouche on this map of Stockholm features a Swedish lion and a personification of the city, reclining on a cannon; figures in local costume flank the scale, bottom left and a legend, bottom right, identifies 28 places of interest.

    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).