Nuremburg: Homann, Johann Baptist. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 20.75" x 23.25"
This lovely map of the Hague includes a plan and view of the prominent Dutch city. Published circa 1739, the plan shows the city before it became the international and political hub it is today. Rather than the modern buildings that house the International Court of Justice and embassies, the significant buildings highlighted are mainly churches and Dutch governmental buildings, labeled according to keys at the sides of the map. Streets, gardens, and windmills are also rendered. Below the plan is a labeled panoramic view of the city with a windmill in the foreground. Behind it, the city recedes into the distances, punctuated by steeples, and the coats of arms of the Netherlands and the Hague float at either end. In the top left corner of the map is an elaborate title cartouche featuring Poseidon and several other figures. As was customary for Homann's maps and other Dutch maps of the mid-1800s, the plan has been colored and the cartouche and view left uncolored. It is in fair condition with no chips or tears to the edges. Multiple wormhole repairs. Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724) was a renowned German mapmaker of the late 17th and early 18th century who served as geographer to the Holy Roman Emperor. His business was carried on through the 18th century by the Homann Heirs, also prolific and popular mapmakers. Their continued success with maps such as this one proves the enduring value of Homann's work.