''REGNI SUECIAE…'' Nuremberg: Johann Baptist Homann. Fine engraved map with exceptionally bright full original hand-coloring. (Image: 19 1/4 x 22 3/4’’)
This exceptionally handsome historical map depicts the Scandinavian region of present-day Sweden, Finland, Latvia & Estonia – then Sweden and its provinces. Topographical features are very well defined with most major towns, cities, land routes and water routes identified. The title cartouche enriches the map with allegorical figures and the Swedish coat-of-arms.
Homann produced maps that were exceptional for their clarity and comprehensiveness. “The founder of the dominant dynasty of German 18th century cartographers...He was one of the first to color his maps at origin...”(Portinaro & Knirsch, The Cartography of North America, p. 315).