Decorative double hemisphere map of the world, with four additional hemispheric maps and two celestial models.
The map was compiled by J.M. Haas, Professor of Mathematics at Wittenberg. Includes incomplete Australia and New Zealand, fanciful NW Coast of America based upon the early Russian explorations, and mythical images of the Poles.
The present example has been revised and updated to show the Russian discoveries along the Northwest Coast of America in the 1740s and was likely issued shortly after the reports of Muller and Bellin addressing the Russian discoveries in the region.
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.