Detailed map of the Asian part of the Russian Empire, from the Caspian Sea and Bergen Island to Japan and the Pacific.
The present example includes the portrait of Anna Ioannovna, who was regent of the duchy of Courland from 1711 until 1730 and then ruled as Empress of Russia from 1730 to 1740.
The present example does not include a privilege which appeared on the original edition of the 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.