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Description

Scarce antique engraved view and plan of Oran, in Algeria, by the German mapmakers Homann Heirs, published in Nuremberg in 1732.

In the view at the bottom, there are xebecs and other sailing vessels, including some firing on one another, possibly indicative of the piracy for which the region was famous during most of its early history.

The view has a 24-point key that names buildings and landmarks of the city.

In 1732, Oran had been recaptured by the Spanish from the Ottoman Empire, which in turn had taken the city in 1708.

Condition Description
Original hand-color.
Homann Heirs Biography

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.