Johann Baptist Homann

Following the long period of Dutch domination, the Homann family became the most important map publishers in Germany in the eighteenth century.  The business was established by Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) in Nuremberg circa. 1702.  Soon after publishing his first atlas in 1707 he became a member of the Berlin academy of Sciences and in 1715 he was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. After the founder’s death in 1724, the firm continued under the direction of his son until 1730.  It was then bequeathed to his heirs on the condition that it continued to trade under the name Homann Heirs. The firm remained in being until the 19th century and had a wide influence on map publishing in Germany.

The Homman’s produced a Neuer Atlas in 1714, a Grosser Atlas in 1737, and an Atlas Maior with about 300 maps in 1780. They also issued a special Atlas of Germany with full sized plans of principal cities, school atlases and an Atlas of Silesia in 1750 with 20 maps.  Apart from the atlases, the firm also published a very large number of individual maps.

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