|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||Impensis Homannianorum Hered. A. 1744 [Paris, 1744]|
|Dimensions||464 x 532 mm|
A Homann Heirs map of Asia, presented in full hand colour,from the Maior Atlas Superiore. The map is designed with an interesting 'fish-eye' perspective, with the continent spreading outwards from the North Pole at top centre, and as a result succeeds in covering a much larger proportion of the globe than if using a Mercator projection. Adjoining parts of Europe and Africa are outlined in hand colour, while the nations, kingdoms, and regions of Asia are shown in full colour, and with important cities picked out in red. The East Indies are shown in detail, and much of New Guinea mapped, though western New Guinea and the top end of Australia and Cape York are absent. In the top right corner of the map, a banner bordered by botanical specimens contains seven different scales, including Chinese li and Persian farsangs. In the bottom left, the title is enclosed in a baroque frame surrounded by illustrations of the costumes of various Asian peoples, as well as a palm, a shell, and a large reptile, possibly a Water Monitor or Komodo Dragon.
Johann Baptist Homann (20th March 1664 - 1st July 1724) was a German engraver and cartographer, and the Imperial Geographer to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. In 1702 he opened a publishing house in Nuremberg, and his maps often make reference to his membership of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences and his imperial patronage. Upon his death, his maps passed to the Homann Heirs company and reprinted many times before the company closed in 1848.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Repaired splitting to central fold. Minor chipping and time toning to edges of sheet. Collection stamp in black ink above title vignette. Blank on verso.