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Homann, family - Antique atlas maps

The Homann family (fl. c1702-1813) were the most important cartographic publishers in Germany during the 18th century. Founded by Johann Baptist Homann (c1663-1724) in Nuremberg in about 1702, the business was continued by his son Johann Christoph Homann (c1703-1730) until his death, when it was bequeathed to his heirs on the condition that it traded under the name of "Homann heirs" (Homannischen Erben, Homanniani Heredes, or Héritiers de Homann), who included Johann Michael Franz, Johann Mattias Hase, Johann Georg Ebersperger and others. J.B. Homann was a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin, and was appointed geographer to Emperor Charles VI in 1715. Notable works included Atlas Novus Terrarum (1702 with reissues to 1753), Neuer Atlas (1707-1730), Atlas Methodicus (1719), America Septentionali Britannorum (1730), Atlas Minor (1732), Grosser Atlas ueber die ganze Welt (1716-1770), as well as many other individual maps.