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Comitatus Principalis Tirolis in quo Episc. Tridentin et Brixensis, Comitatus Brigantinus, Feldkirchiae Sonnebergae et Pludentii

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Article ID EUA3238
Artist Homann (1664-1724)
Johann Babtiste Homann (1664-1724), Nuremberg, was born in Oberkammlach, the Electorate of Bavaria. Although educated at a Jesuit school, and preparing for an ecclesiastical career, he eventually converted to Protestantism and from 1687 worked as a civil law notary in Nuremberg. He soon turned to engraving and cartography; in 1702 he founded his own publishing house. Homann acquired renown as a leading German cartographer, and in 1715 was appointed Imperial Geographer by Emperor Charles VI. Giving such privileges to individuals was an added right that the Holy Roman Emperor enjoyed. In the same year he was also named a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Of particular significance to cartography were the imperial printing privileges (Latin: privilegia impressoria). These protected for a time the authors in all scientific fields such as printers, copper engravers, map makers and publishers. They were also very important as a recommendation for potential customers. In 1716 Homann published his masterpiece Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt (Grand Atlas of all the World). Numerous maps were drawn up in cooperation with the engraver Christoph Weigel the Elder, who also published Siebmachers Wappenbuch. Homann died in Nuremberg. He was succeeded by the Homann heirs company, which was in business until 1848. The company was known as Homann Erben, Homanniani Heredes, or Heritiers de Homann abroad.
Title Comitatus Principalis Tirolis in quo Episc. Tridentin et Brixensis, Comitatus Brigantinus, Feldkirchiae Sonnebergae et Pludentii
Year ca. 1710
Description
Map depicts Tirol, the southern part of Austria and the northern part of Italy with the lake of Garda. The cities of Lindau, Kempten, Kufstein, Innsbruck, Bludenz, Chur, Trient, Brixen, Riva, Garda and Vicenza. In the cartouche the fortress Kofel at the river Brenta.
Place of Publication Nuremberg
Dimensions (cm)48,5 x 57,5
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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