Fine set of three scientific instruments, engraved for Johann Baptiste Homann in Nuremberg.
Included are decorative illustrations of a celestial globe, terrestrial globe and armillary sphere, with an explanation in Latin. The world globe is turned to show Asia, with the west coast of Australia visible. The celestial globe shows Ursa Major, Cancer, the twins Castor and Pollux, Canis, and many other constellations.
This work is known to have appeared in Homman's work Atlas Novus Terrarum Orbis Imperia Regna. . ., a volume which could be up to 12 cm thick.
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.