Antique map of Africa, circa 1737. Map text: “Africa secundum legitimas projectionis stereographicae regulas et juxta recentissimas relationes et observationes in subsidium vocatis quoque veterum Leonis Africani Nubiensis Geographi et aliorum monumentis et eleminatis fabulosis aliorum designationibus”. Measures 23” x 19.5”. There is some staining and wear consistent with age.
Nice example of the Homann family's second map of Africa, based upon the work of De L'Isle. The map is dominated by a beautiful cartouche showing Europeans, Africans, and various African animals with views of Cape Town, South Africa.
About: 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.
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