A striking example of the two habor plans of Havana, Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia. Printed around 1740 by Homann Erben in Nuremberg. The plan of Havana with a legend to 11 places, a bird's eye view of the port of Havana with ships in the foreground, a title cartouche and compass rose. The plan of Cartagena shows numerous ships anchored in front of Fort St. Cruz and outside the port. A compass rose, rhumb lines and a detailed explanation of the history of the port, dating back to Francis Drake. Two maps on one sheet, printed from one copper plate.
Johann Baptist Homann was born 1664 in Oberkammlach. He founded his business 1602 in Nuremberg, Germany. After a long period of Dutch domination in map publishing, the Homann publishing house became the most important map and atlas producer in Germany. He became a member of the Academy of Science in Berlin just after he published his first atlas in 1707. After his death 1724 in Nuremberg, the company was continued by his son Johann Christoph. The publishing firm was bequeathed to his heirs after his death in 1730 and was traded under the name Homann Heirs until the next century.
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Homann Erben: Neu und Verbesserter Plan der St. u. Hafens Havana auf der Ins. Cuba / Neu und Verbesserter Plan des Hafens von Carthagena....
Old coloured map of Havana, Cartagena. Printed in Nuremberg by Homann Erben in 1739.
Central America - Caribbean - Homann Erben - Neu und Verbesserter Plan der St. u....