Nuremburg: Homann, Johann Baptist. unbound. Atlas title page. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 16.25 x 10.25". Sheet measures 19.5 x 12.25"
This lovely title page comes from Johann Baptist Homann's "Atlas mapparum geographicarum generalium & specialium," or "Atlas of specific and general maps," as published in the 18th century by his heirs. The title is printed in a combination of Latin block letters and script. Below it is a map of the northern hemisphere shown on a polar projection, notably displaying California as an island. A border visualizing the outer ring of an astrolabe surrounds the globe, and the sun and moon create pleasing shading on its surface. Above, a banner above reads "Nulla dies abeat, quin linea ducta supersit," which translates to "Let not a day pass without a drawn line remaining," possibly referring to the division between light and dark created by the movement of the Earth around the sun. 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.