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Scarce Edition.

Striking example of Homann's first map of Africa.

The map includes an extensive note on the accuracy of the Nile, the first map to have such a note.

A highly inaccurate map, both in shape and nomenclature. Shows both real and fictitious St. Helena Islands. The source of the Nile is inaccurately shown as two side-by-side lakes.

A decorative, richly illustrated and highly detailed map of Africa, representing the best and worst of geographical knowledge of the continent.


There are at least two extremely similar but different versions of this copperplate.

This edition (at least in this state) is differentiable by its engraver credit "Marchand fecit aqua forti." Indicating that it was etched in addition to the engraving.

The quality of the engraving is somewhat higher than what is seen in the regular Homann map.

The relationship between this and other Homann and Seutter Africa maps is worthy of further cartobibliographic research.

Condition Description
Original hand-color in outline.
See Norwich 72.
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.