An Exact Plan of the City, Fortifications and Harbour of Havana in the island of Cuba - #2125

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DATE: c 1747

MAP MAKER: Homann heirs

SIZE: 11 1/16" X 9 1/8".

PRICE: $625.00


Johann Baptist Homann; c1663-1724.
Johann Christoph Homann, son; 1703-1730.
Homann heirs:
Johann Michael Franz; 1700-1761.
Johann Matthias Hase;1684-c1742. Aka Hasius.
Johann Georg Ebersperger; 1695-1760.

Homann established his map publishing business in Nuremberg in 1702. He printed loose maps, but specialized in the production of atlases. He developped a style of large and detailed maps, with complex and ornate cartouches. He often borrowed from known cartographers (such as Delisle, d'Anville and Chassereau), often giving proper credit to the sources.
His first atlas earned him in 1707 a membership at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He was soon nominated Geographer to the Emperor.
His son took over the business in 1724, which he then bequeathed to his heirs, under the express condition of operating under the mane of Homann heirs. The firm continued to turn in atlases into the next century. Of note: the 1702 "Atlas novus terrarum" re-edited till 1753, Neuer atlas, grosser atlas, and in 1747 the "Homannisher atlas" re-issued till 1780, etc.

Neu und verbesserter plan der st. u. hafens Havana auf der ins. Cuba..

In may 1741 Thomas Bowles published a 1739 Pierre Chasserau plan of Havana, based on the new bay coast line delineation introduced in 1728 by Antoine Jean de Laval. A few years later Bowles and the Homann heirs agreed to engrave a reduced version of this plan (11 1/16" X 9 1/8"), to combine it with another Chasserau reduced plan (Cartagena, dated 1739) on the same sheet, and to publish it simultaneously both in London and in Nuremberg.
These maps could have been prepared for the Homannisher Atlas and the Atlas die Englische colonie-laender.
This plan is one of the scarcer and most sought after Havana map. It shows great details: the anchorage, the lay of the land, the roads, the walls and fortifications, the most important buildings and the street lay out of the city, .
The inset is a stunning view of the city (derived from the much larger 1671 depiction by Arnold Montanus), seen from the harbor approach: on the left: the Morro mighty fort with its light house. Across the channel: the Puntal fortress; and between the two, a chain blocks access to the anchorage. The town is shown to contain many large buildings and numerous churches. The atmosphere is serene and peaceful: fishing boats and ferries ply the waters, many country houses are scattered in the foothills,.
The very martial top right cartouche gives a referenced list of the town landmarks. The none-the-less martial cartouche on the top left gives due credit to Chassereau (a huguenot émigré operating in London).
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