Title: Neu-Geographisch Vorgestelltes Ungarisches Kriegs-Theatrum in Servien und dem Bannat Temeswar ... 1716 und 1717
By: Johann Baptist Homann
Publication: Nuernberg, 1720
Condition: Good antique condition (please see photos)
Color: fine hand colored
Size: 23 x 19 1/2 inches
A large and detailed map of the theatre of war between the Austrians and Ottoman Turks 1716-17, fought in Romania and Serbia. Under Prince Eugene of Savoy the Austrians won battles at Temeswar (Timisoara), Belgrade & Petrovaradin, driving the Turks back over the Danube.
The Siege of Belgrade from 1716 to 1717, which occurred during the Austro-Venetian-Ottoman war which ended with The battle on August 17, 1717 with Belgrade, an important stronghold for the Ottoman Empire, falling into Austrian control under the command of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The main map depicts the region with Belgrade at left, Temeswar at top, and the Danube River flowing through the center. The map features 9 insets, including the battle plans of the Siege of Belgrade and the Battle of Peterwardein (Petrovaradin), and bird's-eye views of the fortifications of Temeswar, Belgrade, Semendria, and several other towns.
In 1718 the Treaty of Passarowitz confirmed the river as the border between the two empires, with Belgrade an outpost of the Austrian empire. Insets show the sieges of Belgrade and Petrovaradin, plans of Temeswar and four smaller forts, and prospects of Belgrade and the Serbian ciry of Smederevo.
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.
ORIGINAL ANTIQUE COPPER PLATE ENGRAVING With fine hand coloring.
Subject: Balkans, Serbia, Romania
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