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1741 circa Homann Heirs / Gottfried Hensel

Rare map of America identifying the prevalent languages of the world. Includes two text tables with the Characters of the Persian and Brahmam languages. California is shown as an Island. Only one example has appeared in a dealer catalogue in the past 25 years. One of a set of four, depicting the 4 continents. McLaughlin 229.

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.