Dominia Anglorum in præcipuis Insulis Americæ ut sunt Insula S. Christophori Antega Iamaica Barbados, nen non Insulæ Bermudes vel Sommers dictæ. / Die Englische Colonie-Laender Auf den Insuln von America und zwar Insuln S. Christophori Antegoa Jamaica Barbados Smt den Ins. Bermudes sonst Sommers gennant.
Nuremberg, Homann Heirs, [c.1740]. Original hand-coloured map. Plate Size: 55.6 cm x 48.7 cm. Sheet Size: 60 cm x 52 cm. Original map. Very good condition. Trace of foxing along sheet edges. Minor open tear with missing material evident to fore edge. Lower margin running out towards left corner. Centre-fold as issued.
[Sandler S. 136 (nach Moll; mit Dat. 1740); Kapp, Jamaica 59; Palmer, Bermuda 32; Campbell, Barbados 26 u. Taf. X; Tooley, Antigua 18 u. St. Kitts 23. – Alle Bibliogr. außer Sandler datieren 1737].
Very interesting set of five maps on a single sheet, showing the highly-prized British possessions in the Caribbean – St. Kitts, Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, and Jamaica – each in excellent detail, noting cities, rivers, roads, forts, plantations surrounding islands, political/administrative subdivisions, and a host of other topographical features. The individual maps include separate title and scale bars, with most having additional descriptions (in German) and reference keys. Barbados is orientated with north facing left while the rest are all orientated North.
A beautifully decorative title cartouche is presented in the top right and includes the title in Latin as well as German. English/German translations of mapping terms and the text on the maps is in German.
Homann Erben/Heirs was a prominent German publishing firm in the European map market throughout the eighteenth century. Founded in 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, the business passed to his son, Christoph, upon Johann’s death in 1724. Christoph died in 1730, aged only 27, and the firm was inherited by subsequent Homann heirs. This changed the name of the company, which was known as Homann Erben, or Homann heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.