Original antique map of Asia. Highlighted area covers part of Spain, eastern coast of Ireland to western part of Papua New Guinea and the Asian continent from the Northern Polar Sea to the Indian Ocean. Nice decorative colored cartouche on lower left, scale bars in decorative insert at top right, marginal French title on top.
Made by Homann after Johann Mattheus Haas.
Medium: Engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 62 x 53.3 cm (24.41 x 20.98 inch). Image size: 55.7 x 47.7 cm. (21.93 x 18.78 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Original middle fold as issued. Tears in fold and in right margin repaired. Damp stains in lower left corner. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
ASIA-INDIA-CHINA-JAPAN-INDONESIA-RUSSIA | RBOS-T.30-LARGE
Published in 1744 by Homann heirs. Homann Heirs was a German publishing firm that enjoyed a major place in the European map market throughout the eighteenth century. Founded in 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, the business passed to his son, Christoph, upon Johann’s death in 1724. Christoph died in 1730, aged only 27, and the firm was inherited by subsequent Homann heirs. This altered the name of the company, which was known as Homann Erben, or Homann heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848. This map appeared In the Homann Heirs maeier atlas.
Biography artist: Based upon Johann Mattheus Haas’ stereographical projection of the world. Haas was a mathematician and cosmographer teaching at the University in Nuremberg. Among his accomplishments was one of the more interesting world projections of the 18th Century.