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Stock# 69572

An excellent 18th-century composite atlas of the world, featuring primarily the maps of Johann Baptist Homann, including a world map and suite of continents, as well as many European and adjacent regional maps. In addition to maps by Homann, the atlas is augmented with some by his contemporary Matthaus Seutter.

The latest dated map in the atlas is from 1748, and the atlas was probably compiled in this period or slightly later.

The atlas includes the following maps:

  1. Planiglobii Terrestris cum Utroq Hemisphaerio Caelesti
  2. Europa
  3. Regnorum Hispaniae et Portugalliae
  4. Totius Regni Galliae sive Franciae Tabula
  5. Magna Britannia complectens Angliae, Scotiae et Hiberniae Regna
  6. Britanniae sive Angliae Regnum
  7. Tabula Generalis Totius Belgii qua Provincae XVII Infer. Germaniae
  8. Germaniae Inferioris sive Belgii pars Meridionalis
  9. Brabantiae Ducatus
  10. Belgii pars Septentrionalis
  11. Nova Totius Helvetiae
  12. Nova et Exactissima Totius Italiae, Sardiniae, et Corsicae
  13. Regiae Celsitudinis Sabaudica Status in quo Ducatus Sabaudiae Principat Pedemontium ut et Ducatus Montisferrati
  14. Republicae Genuensis Dominium
  15. Ducatus Mediolanensis 
  16. Dominium Venetum
  17. Status Ecclesiae et Magni Ducatus Hetruriae
  18. Totius Regni Neapolis Tabula
  19. Italiae Antique item insularum Sicilae, Sardineae, Corsicae, Typus et Nova Delineatio
  20. Imperium Romano Germanicum
  21. Germania Austriaca
  22. Regni Bohemiae
  23. Bohemia Regnum
  24. Moravia Marchionatus in sex Circulos divises
  25. Silesiae Ducatus
  26. Marchionatus Lusatiae Superioris
  27.  Marchionatus Lusatiae Inferioris
  28. Comitatus Burgundiae
  29. Bavariae
  30. Circulus Saxionae Superioris
  31. Tabula Marchionatus Brandenburgici et Ducatus Pomeraniae
  32. Circulus Rhenanus Superior
  33. Circuli Franconiae pars Occidentalis
  34. Circuli Franconiae pars Orientalis
  35. Circulus Sueviae
  36. Circuli Westphaliae
  37. Ducatus Iuliancensis, Cliviensis, et Montensis, ut et Prinipatus Meursiani et Comitatus Zutphaniensis
  38. Episcopatuum Monasteriensis et Osnabrugensis
  39. Circulus Saxoniae Inferioris
  40. Scandinavia complectens Sueciae, Daniae, & Norvegia Regna
  41. Regni Sueciae
  42. Regni Daniae
  43. Regni Poloniae Magnique Ducatus Lithuaniae
  44. Regnum Borussia
  45. Ducatuum Livoniae et Curlandiae
  46. Generalis Totius Imperii Russorum
  47. Regni Hungariae
  48. Theatrum Belli sive Novissima Tabula qua maxima pars Danubii et praeserti Hungaria cum aliis adjacentibus regnis necnon Graecia Morea et Archipelagi Insula
  49.  Imperium Turcicum in Europa, Asia et Africa
  50. Graeciae pars Septentrionalis
  51. Graeciae pars Meridionalis
  52. Achaia Vetus et Nova
  53. Asiae
  54. Judea seu Palestina ob facratisima Redemtoris vestigia hodie dieta Terra Sancta prout olim in duodecim tribus divisa separatis ab invicem Reguis Juda et Israel
  55. Carte de l'Asie Minevre
  56. Carte des Indes Orientales (in two parts)
  57. Totius Africae
  58. Totius Americae Septentrionalis et Meridionalis
Condition Description
Folio. 18th-century full vellum (a little stained, foot of spine restored, possibly a remboitage). No title page. 58 hand-colored engraved maps (one map in two parts), all maps in original hand-color. (The atlas shows evidence of having been recombined from at least one other composite atlas at an early date; the maps have 18th-century ink inscriptions and consecutive numbers on the verso, however, in some cases the maps have had their old numbers crossed out and new numbers added. In all cases, these changes are made in iron gall ink in an 18th-century hand.)
Johann Baptist Homann Biography

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.