5 April 2016
HOMANN, Johann Baptist (1663-1724). Grosser Atlas über die Gantze Welt. Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, 1737.
2° (543 x 338 mm). Engraved title (torn and repaired), title printed in red and black, table of contents, engraved portrait of Homann (uncolored). 97 double-page maps and charts (of 100 listed on the table of contents and numbered in early manuscript 1-4, 16, 18-21, 23-100). ALL COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND (Lacking 2 preliminary text leaves “Extr. Priv.” and “Introductio in Geographiam” and 3 maps “Picardie,” “Orleans” and “Lionnois,” tiny worm hole to first 40 maps, some minor marginal dampstaining at end.) Contemporary paper-lined brown calf (spine ends and edges renewed).
Homann's Grosser Atlas was first published in 1716 by Johann Homann, the founder of the famous Nuremberg map publishing house. It quickly became the standard gentleman's library atlas around Europe, particularly in German-speaking areas, and competed with the productions of the great French map houses of the early 18th century. After Johann's death in 1724 his son ran the business until his death in 1730 and then the firm became Homann Heirs, a combination of family and other geographers who pursued the commercial atlas market with considerable success. The Grosser Atlas was reissued in 1731 and remained available for many years. See Phillips 586; Tooley, p. 27.
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