1716 Homann Map of Central Italy and the Papal States

Status Ecclesiastici Magnique Ducatus Florentini. - Main View

1716 Homann Map of Central Italy and the Papal States


Labels Rome, Florence, and Pisa.


Status Ecclesiastici Magnique Ducatus Florentini.
  1716 (undated)     19.5 x 23.25 in (49.53 x 59.055 cm)     1 : 850000


This is a 1716 Johann Baptist Homann map of central Italy. The map depicts the region from Cremona and Corsica to the Adriatic Sea and from Mantua to the Gulf of Gaeta and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Meticulously detailed, Italy is divided into the duchies, kingdoms, and other political entities that existed during this era in Italian history. Myriad cities, towns, and villages are labeled, including Rome, Florence, Pisa, Ravenna, and Livorno. Rivers snake their way across Italy in every conceivable direction, including the Po River near the top of the map. A very decorative title cartouche is situated in the upper right corner, featuring illustrations of the pope, the papal coat of arms, and numerous winged cherubs.

This map was created and published by Johann Baptist Homann in 1716.


Johann Baptist Homann (March 20, 1664 - July 1, 1724) was the most prominent and prolific map publisher of the 18th century. Homann was born in Oberkammlach, a small town near Kammlach, Bavaria, Germany. As a young man, Homann studied in a Jesuit school and nursed ambitions of becoming a Dominican priest before converting to Protestantism in 1687. Following his conversion, Homann moved to Nuremberg and found employment as a notary. Around 1693, Homann briefly relocated to Vienna, where he lived and studied printing and copper plate engraving until 1695. Afterward, he returned to Nuremberg, where, in 1702, he founded the commercial publishing firm that would bear his name. In the next five years, Homann produced hundreds of maps and developed a distinctive style characterized by heavy detailed engraving, elaborate allegorical cartouche work, and vivid hand color. Due to the lower cost of printing in Germany, the Homann firm could undercut the dominant French and Dutch publishing houses while matching their diversity and quality. By 1715, Homann's rising star caught the attention of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, who appointed him Imperial Cartographer. In the same year, he was also appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Homann's prestigious title came with several significant advantages, including access to the most up-to-date cartographic information as well as the 'Privilege'. The Privilege was a type of early copyright offered to very few by the Holy Roman Emperor. Though less sophisticated than modern copyright legislation, the Privilege offered limited protection for several years. Most all J. B. Homann maps printed between 1715 and 1730 bear the inscription 'Cum Priviligio' or some variation. Following Homann's death in 1724, the firm's management passed to his son, Johann Christoph Homann (1703 - 1730). J. C. Homann, perhaps realizing that he would not long survive his father, stipulated in his will that the company would be inherited by his two head managers, Johann Georg Ebersberger (1695 - 1760) and Johann Michael Franz (1700 - 1761), and that it would publish only under the name 'Homann Heirs'. This designation, in various forms (Homannsche Heirs, Heritiers de Homann, Lat Homannianos Herod, Homannschen Erben, etc.) appears on maps from about 1731 onwards. The firm continued to publish maps in ever-diminishing quantities until the death of its last owner, Christoph Franz Fembo (1781 - 1848). More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Even overall toning. Verso repair to centerfold separation. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 12499.087. OCLC 248642997.