c 1729 Homann Heirs map of the British Isles


“MAGNA BRITANNIA complectens ANGLIÆ, SCOTIÆ ET HIBERNIÆ REGNA...” Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, c. 1729. Fine engraved 18th century map with original hand-coloring. (Image : 18 ¾  x 21 ¼ ’’ – Paper size : 21 x 23 ¾’’)  

In addition to the title cartouche, there is a title in English along the top margin.  The map depicts all of Great Britain – with each country in contrasting colors.  Provinces and counties are named and delineated. Topographical features are very well defined with most major towns, cities, mountains, land routes and water routes identified. The inset, upper left, depicts the “Orcades Insulae”. The decorative cartouche in the upper left includes the British coat-of-arms. 

Homann produced maps that were exceptional for their clarity & 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).

Blank on Back - Centerfold as issued, a few small stains.

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# M-14445