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Homann, Johann Baptist - Large map of England "Magnae Britanniae" - 1737

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Homann's map of England and Wales, ornamented in early full wash colour, from the Atlas Novus. Although executed in the first half of the eighteenth century, the hand colouring shows England divided into its historic seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, rather than by county. The road network is marked and numerous place names are mapped. Wales is shown in full wash colour, though adjacent parts of Scotland, Ireland, France, and the Isles of Man are only coloured in outline. The map is further embellished by a large baroque title cartouche in the top right of the plate, featuring personifications of the muses as well as the arms of the Kingdom, supported by a lion and unicorn. The arms of England, crowned, are held aloft by a pair of cherubs in the bottom left. Along the bottom of the plate, a large vignette shows a Royal assembly, the monarch, assumedly George I, seated on a throne to the left of the scene. Like most Homann maps, this example is undated, appearing in numerous editions of the Homann Atlas both during and after the lifetime of Johann Baptist Homann.

Magnae Britanniae Pars Meridionalis, in qua Regnum Angliae tam in Septem Antiqua Anglo-Saxonum Regna quam in omnes Hodiernas Regiones accurate divisum hic ostenditur quam tabula ab Archetypo Vischeriano desumptam exhibet Ioh. Bapt. Homan. Noribergae [Nuremberg, c.1737].

570 x 485 mm

Johann Baptist Homann (20th March 1664 - 1st July 1724) was a German engraver and cartographer, and the Imperial Geographer to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. In 1702 he opened a publishing house in Nuremberg, and his maps often make reference to his membership of the Prussian Royal Academy of Sciences and his imperial patronage.

Condition: Unusually clean and unwashed example. A few small age spots close to upper vignette.