Title: Marchionatus Moraviae circulus olomucensis quem mandato caesario
By: Johann Baptist Homann
Publication: Nuernberg, circa 1720
Condition: Good antique condition (please see photos)
Color: fine antique hand colored
Size: circa 23 1/2 x 19 inches
This stunning Map of the Olomouc Region in the Czech Republic is a traditional baroque map. It has a beautiful and very large figurative cartouche. It was designed after Johann Christoph Müller and published by Johann Baptist Homann in ca. 1720.
Map Maker Family:
Homann was born in Oberkammlach near Kammlach in 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.
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