HOMANN HEIRS (18TH century). Dominia Anglorum in America Septentrionale… Nuremberg: Homann, c. 1745.
Single sheet (20 ½ x 23 inches) (Original hand color engraving, light age tone, crease)
A excellent sheet containing four maps: the first showing Newfoundland and the St. Lawrence Bay, the second showing New England, the third showing Virginia and Maryland, and the fourth showing Carolina and Florida. The title also provided in German, alongside the Latin. The maps are delicately hand-colored in outline and wash.
In the mid 18th century, the Homann heirs issued a group of four maps on a single sheet, which are based upon earlier maps by Herman Moll, published in London. Each of these maps was once issued separately in Moll’s Atlas Minor. (Cummings 233; noting that these maps were based on Moll).
Homann Heirs was the business which successded Johann Homann, after his death in 1724. The company was known as "Homann Erben", "Homanniani Heredes", or "Heritiers de Homann" abroad.
Johann Homann was a German geographer and cartographer, who also made maps o fthe Americas. He began his career as a young civil law notary, before turning his attention to engraving and cartography. Not long after in 1702, he founded his publishing house. In 1715, Homann was appointed Imperial Geographer by Emperor Charles VI. That same year, he was also names a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Homann’s positions warranted several imperial printing privileges in significance to cartography; namely a protection in all scientific fields which were important as recommendation for potential customers. His final and most significant work was his Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt, which later continued in publishing by the Homann Heirs.