Nice example of Lowitz's 2-sheet version of Pedro Murillo Velarde's map of the Philippines.
Lowitz's map is the first reasonably obtainable large format map of the Philippines. Lowitz's map is based upon the map of Father Pedro Murillo Velarde. Pedro Murillo de Velarde was a Spanish Jesuit priest, historian and cartographer. In 1734 in Manila he produced the most accurate map of the Philippines to date.
In addition to a providing a fantastically detailed look at the islands, the map includes the route of Ferdinand Magellan through the islands in 1521, identifying each of his anchorages along the way.
The map provides detailed information on the origin of the Velarde map, including the the names of the original artisans who worked on the Murrillo map, Francisco Suarez and Nicholas de la Cruz Bagay. Another cartouche bottom left gives a short history of the Phillipine Islands, beginning with the arrival of Magellan and Legaspi, which is also found on the original Velarde map.
Homann Heirs was a German publishing firm that enjoyed a major place in the European map market throughout the eighteenth century. Founded in 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, the business passed to his son, Christoph, upon Johann’s death in 1724. Christoph died in 1730, aged only 27, and the firm was inherited by subsequent Homann heirs. This altered the name of the company, which was known as Homann Erben, or Homann heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.