HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). Grosser Atlas über die gantze Welt. Nuremberg: J.H.G. Bieling for the heirs of Homann, 1737
Folio (20 4/8 x 12 4/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette. Additional engraved allegorical title-page with original hand-colour, engraved portrait of Homann by Jo. Wilhelm Winter after Johannes Kenckel and 99 engraved maps (of 100, lacking maps 27 and 22 - Orleans and Lionnois but with a map of the area supplied from a later edition dated 1762, some maps bound out of order, a few maps shaved, some marginal fraying, maps 33, 34, and 35 with manuscript annotation and underlining) on 108 sheets, all with original hand-colour in outline or in part. Early and elaborate 20th-century binding composed of 19th-century red morocco gilt (possibly Austrian or German), each cover and five of the six spine compartments inlaid with panels of contemporary German calf, each panel framed with green morocco gilt, within a broad outer border of continuous flower tool, whorl cornerpiece ornaments framed by Greek key pattern, board edges and turn-ins gilt in similar style, decorative marbled endpapers inlaid with stencilled paper, gilt edges.
Provenance: Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale, Sotheby's 18th October, 2005, lot 193
A very good example of Homann's great atlas in an extraordinary binding. Including two world maps and five maps of the Americas. Homann is arguably the most important figure in German cartographical history. This atlas, is a testament to the creativity and cartographical skill that earned Homann such prestige within European map-making circles. Homann's prolific map and atlas production made an invaluable contribution to German regional cartography and had a profound impact on European map publishing in the eighteenth century. Founded in the year 1702, Homann's printing house became so successful that it was credited with the revival of the German printing industry, after what had been a long period of domination by the Dutch. Homann became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1707, and shortly after publishing this edition of the atlas, Homann in 1715 was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. By the time of his death in the year 1724, Homann had published more than 200 maps for his atlases. Under the direction of his son and son-in-law the firm would thrive well into the next century. See Shirley pages 542-565. From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington, whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", Sotheby's sale Catalogue. Catalogued by Kate Hunter