Homann Heirs after Johann Gabriele Doppelmayr. "Astronomia Comparativa".
Nuremberg, ca. 1750. Ca. 19 x 23. Original hand color. Very good condition.
While the French and then the English generally dominated the cartographic world in the eighteenth century, the Homann firm from Nuremburg, Germany was producing many influential maps and atlases during this time. The firm was founded about 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, who was appointed Geographer to the Emperor in 1715. In 1724, upon J.B. Homann's death, the company passed on to his son, Johann Christoph Homann and then to his heirs, who traded under the name of Homann Heirs from 1730 into the nineteenth century. These maps first appeared in Homann's edition of Doppelmayer's Star Atlas in 1742, and these examples were issued as part of of a Homann Heirs atlas of a few years later. The maps are typical of the detailed and bold style of the Homann cartographic output, of which the celestial maps are amongst the most attractive.