Deluxe Edition of Homann's Map of London
Fine large format map of London, extending from Grosvenor Square in the west to Mile End to the east, published in Nuremberg.
The title is given in Latin and German in an ornamental cartouche surmounted by the royal arms of George II, with a note in Latin and German within a semi-elliptical banner. It also includes a glossary of terms in German and English, inset views of St. James's Square and Custom House, elevations of St. Paul's and the Royal Exchange, shipping on the Thames, and compass rose off Millbank.
The right sheet of the plan, half of which is taken up with a view of St James's Square and elevations of St Paul's, the Royal Exchange and the Custom House, was only included in a deluxe edition.
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.