Johann Baptist Homann

Johann Baptist Homann

Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was a mapmaker who founded the famous Homann Heirs publishing company. He lived his entire life in Bavaria, particularly in Nuremberg. Initially, Johann trained to become a priest before converting to Protestantism and working as a notary.

In 1702, Johann founded a publishing house that specialized in engravings. The firm flourished, becoming the leading map publisher in Germany and an important entity in the European map market. In 1715, Johann was named Imperial Geographer to the Holy Roman Empire by Charles VI and made a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Most importantly for his business, his reputation and contacts gained him imperial printing privileges which protected his publications and recommended him to customers. Johann is best known for this Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt, or the Grand Atlas of the World, published in 1716.

After Johann died in 1724, the business passed to his son, Christoph (1703-1730). Upon Christoph’s early death, the company passed to subsequent heirs, with the name of the company changing to Homann Erben, or Homann Heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.


1702 - Regnum Borussiae Gloriosis auspicijs Serenissimi e Potentissimi Princip Friderici III. Primi Borussiae Regis March et. Elect. Brandenburg inaugartum die 18 Jan A. 1701 . . .

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Fine map of Bohemia, celebrating the inauguration of Fredrick I as King of Prussia on January 1, 1713. Gorgeous map of the Baltic region, from Memel to Pomerania, extending south to Poland. Centered on Dantzig, Konigsberg, Heilsperg, etc. Magnificent...


1720 - Regni Daniae in quo sund Ducatus Holsatia et Slesvicum Insulae, Danicae, Provinciae, Iustia, Scania Blekingia Nova Tabula

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Fine dark impression of Homann's map of Denmark, Slesvig-Holstein and contiguous parts of Germany. Striking large cartouche includes elaborate coat of arms.


1729 - Typus Geographicus Cat. Lauenburgici Novus in suas Praefecturas . . . Anno. D. MDCCXXIZX

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Detailed regional map, tracking the Elbe River from Hitzger to Hamburg and extending north to beyond Lubeck. Several eleborate decorative cartouches.


1720 - Regnorum Hungariae Dalmatiae, Croatiae, Sclavoniae Bosniae et Serviae cum Principatu Transylvanie, maxima que Parte Valachiae nova et exacta tabula ex Archetypo Mulleriano . . .

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Fine Example of J.B. Homann's Wall Map of Hungary, Detailed early 18th century map of the region between Dalmatia, Serbia, Transylvania and Poland, centered on the Kingdom of Hungary Includes two decorative cartouches, the one at the right showing...


1730 - Prospect, Grundris und Gegend der Polnischen velen Reichs und Handels=Stat Dantzig . . .

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Striking example of Homann's map of Dantzig (Gdansk) and neighboring regions and striking birdseye view, major port to the Baltic Ocean, which for centuries was an important trading center for the Polish, Prussian, German and Baltic regions whose...


1720 - Generalis Totius Imperii Russorum Novissima Tabula Magnam Orbis terrarum partem a Polo Arctico uso ad mare Iaponicum et Chinae Septentrionalis confinia exhibens . . .

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Striking large format map of Imperial Russia, at the beginning of the period when Russia was aggressively exploring the Pacific Ocean and Arctic Seas. Highly detailed map of the Russian Empire and northern China covering the region from Finland and...


1728 - Generalis Totius Imperii Moscovitici Novissima Tabula . . .

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Decorative map of Russia and Central Asia, showing the Northeast Passage. Extends from the Black Sea and th Baltic to Kamchatka, China, Northern India and the mouth of the Indus River. Includes remarkable detail in areas still then not yet explored....


1730 - Ducatuum Livoniae et Curlandiae cum vicinis Insulis Nova Exhibitio Geographica

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Early Map of Estonia and Latvia Nice example Homann's map of the northern Baltic region, published in Nuremberg. The cartouche shows Homann's "Cum Privilegio, S.C.M, placing the date of the map in or shortly after 1730 Fine dark impression.


1720 - Dominii Veneti Cum vicinis Parmae Mutinae Mantuae et Mirandolae Statibus Nova Descriptio , , ,

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Nice full color example of this decorative map of the Dominions of Venice, published by Homann in Nuremberg. Includes a large decorative cartouche.


1720 - Ducatus Mediolani una cum Confinus accurata Tabula…

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Detailed regional map of the Duchy of Milan, centered on Milan, published by JB Homann in Nurmberg. The map includes Lago Maggiore, Lago Como and Lago Garda. Other major cities include Genova, Mantova, Modena, Verona, Trient, Cremona, Parma,...


1710 - Novissima & exactissima Totius Regni Neapolis Tabula Praesentis Belli Statui Accommodata Et Exhibita . . .

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Striking example of Homann's map of the Kingdom of Naples. Includes a spectacular decorative cartouche with sea monsters, cherubs and flying horses, and a second cartouche with Mt. Vesuvius erupting.


1720 - Principatus Cataloniae nec non Comitatuum Ruscinonensisz Et Cerretaniae Nova Tabula . . .

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Decorative example of Homann's map of Catalonia. Includes ornate cartouche, coat of arms, etc. The present example would appear to be an early example of the map, pre-dating Homann's privilege.


1730 - Carte nouvelle De L'Isle de Cadix & du Detroit de Gibraltar Levee par Jean de Petit… Publicee par Mr. Weidler…

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Decorative Johann Baptist Homann engraved map of Strait of Gibraltar, including southern Spain and the northern tip of Morocco, showing Gibraltar, Cadiz, Malaga, Marbella, Algezira, Tetuan, Ceuta, Tangiers, Larache, etc. Highly detailed regional map,...


1736 - Regnum Portugalliae Divisum In quinque Provinciae Majores & Subdivisum in sua quaeque Territoria una cum Regno Algarbiae speciali mappa exhibitum . . .

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Detailed map of Portugal and the Algarve, first published by Johann Baptist Homann in 1736. The map is colored by provinces, showing towns, rivers, mountains, harbors, roads, etc. Very large title cartouche with figures and a coat of arms.


1720 - Accurate Vorstellung der Orientalisch Kayserlichen Haupt- und Residenz-Stadt Constantinopel samt ihrer Gegend und Zweyen Beruhmten Meer-Engen, Bosphoro Thracio und Hellesponto, oder dem Freto der Dardanellen

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Antique Map of the Environs of Istanbul with a View of "the city of Stambul or Constantinople" from the East Side of the Bosphorus Decorative antique map and early view of Istanbul and environs. The map includes a large inset bird's-eye view of the...


1730 - Imperium Turcicum in Europa, Asia, et Africa Regiones Proprias, Tributarias, Clientelares sicut et omens ejusdem . . .

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Gorgeous map of the Ottoman Empire, extending from the Persian Gulf and Red Sea to the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, centered on Cyprus. Excellent detail and an attractive cartouche.