Striking example of this decorative map of the British Isles, with spectacular large format cartouche, coat of arms and portait of Queen Anne and an allegorical representation of Europe resting on a globe. The first state of the map, with an unusually dark crisp impression, from Homann's Atlas Novus Terrarum. A bit of 18th Century manuscript on the map in the British Channel and near the Silly Islands. Some additoinal manuscript in the blank upper right margin, near the cartouche. A very nice example of this rare early edition, predating the Homann priviedge.
Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was a mapmaker who founded the famous Homann Heirs publishing company. He lived his entire life in Bavaria, particularly in Nuremberg. Initially, Johann trained to become a priest before converting to Protestantism and working as a notary.
In 1702, Johann founded a publishing house that specialized in engravings. The firm flourished, becoming the leading map publisher in Germany and an important entity in the European map market. In 1715, Johann was named Imperial Geographer to the Holy Roman Empire by Charles VI and made a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Most importantly for his business, his reputation and contacts gained him imperial printing privileges which protected his publications and recommended him to customers. Johann is best known for this Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt, or the Grand Atlas of the World, published in 1716.
After Johann died in 1724, the business passed to his son, Christoph (1703-1730). Upon Christoph’s early death, the company passed to subsequent heirs, with the name of the company changing to Homann Erben, or Homann Heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.