HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). Maior Atlas scholasticus. Nuremberg: Homann's Heirs, [1793]

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HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). Maior Atlas scholasticus ex triginta sex generalibus et specialibus Mappis Homannianis quantum ad generalem Orbis & inprimis Germaniae notitiam sufficiunt in gratiam erudiendae Iuventutis compositus in Vulgarem usum Scholarum et discentium A. 1752 exhibitus ab Homanniamis Heredibus. Nuremberg: Homann's Heirs, [1793]

Folio (20 x 12 5/8 inches). Engraved title-page with index in Latin and German, double-page engraved "Schematismus Geographiae Mathematicae... 1755", double-hemisphere world map, maps of the four continents, and 31 further maps, mostly of Europe (last few maps stained). Publisher's limp morocco, ruled and lettered in black (very worn).

Provenance: with the 19th-century ownership inscription of George Hicks on the front paste-down

Homasnn's "Maior Atlas" was first published in 1716. This example includes the double-page world map "Planiglobii Terrestris Mappa Universalis..." 1746 and the map of the Americas "Americae Mappa generalis..." 1744. 

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 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. Phillips 4195