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Details about  ANTIQUE 1700s Framed Map Of Malta + Gozo Engraved Johann Baptista Homann German

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ANTIQUE 1700s Framed Map Of Malta + Gozo Engraved Johann Baptista Homann German
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May 08, 2012 11:25:54 PDT
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US $1,235.00
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Linden, Pennsylvania, United States


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Last updated on  May 02, 2012 15:42:06 PDT  View all revisions


I have another framed antique map to list on ebay. Please check my other auctions for items of interest.

In this auction, you are bidding on an engraved, pre-1800 map of Malta and Gozo.

This is an original engraved map that has been professionally framed in a matte black frame. It is 21 1/2" high and 25 1/2" wide. It is a line engraving with excellent detailing. This was done by the most highly reguarded German mapmaker of his time. The map is done in German. There is one area hand-colored in red: Caftel S. Elmo. The background of the islands has a yellow or tan shading to it. The rest is in black and white and shades of grey to add to the detailing. The upper right has cherubs, knights, a man on a cross (Jesus), swords, helmets, a moon, shields, and other things encircling the title. The detailing is amazing. It is hard to believe it is just lines from copperplating.

The title reads:

quaefunt Equitum S. Ioannis Hierosolimitani
Ordinis Meli Sedes Principalis
Delineatio Geographica
a Joh. Baptista Homann
Sac. Caes. Maj. Geograho

Johann Baptist Homann was born in 1663 and died in 1724. He was well known for his copperplate engravings and hand coloring of maps. His firm passed to his son, Christoph (1703-30) when he died. He and his heirs are acknowledged to be the most important German map publishing firm of the 18th century. The firm was founded in Nurnberg about 1702. In 1730 when Christoph died, the firm passed to their heirs and continued to publish, except using the name "Homann Heirs."

The edges read: Oriens, Occidens, Sept??? and ????. The wording appears in the center of each edge. The top edge is missing the letters on the fold. The bottom is missing this piece altogether. There appear to be measuring makes on the edges as well. There is a banding of equal lengths around the entire chart. There are numerical notations as well.

The lower left corner has another picture that reads: "Munitisfimae Urbis Maltae versus Orientem profpectus." It depicts ships encircling the island, some of which are flying a flags with a cross on them. Above this picture is a man resting atop a cannon and other weapons of war. He has a shield with a cross under his right arm, a breastplate with a cross, and a sword, anchor, and drums sitting askew about him. To the left of the resting man is a blown-up map area. It shows the city of Nuova Cottonera. It also has a legend with letters "a" through "x" of various sites of interest.

    The map area shows:
  • Porto di Marza Mufcietto
  • Porto Grande
  • Caftel S. Angelo
  • Pezza Coronata
  • Villa de PP. Gesuiti
  • Citta Nuova Cottonera
  • Valetta
  • Doi Pareti da Eseguirsi
  • and more.

The two islands are well detailed. They show mountains, cities, and travelways. The top center has a cherub and a knight? with wings holding what appears to be a key to distance.

The lower right corner has 1750 in pencil and a set of initials I can't make out. Below the key to distance is additional writing in pencil. I have a picture of this above. I can't make out what it says. It is numbers and words in a language other than English.

This was professionally framed by: Murzin's Art Shop in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It has 2 eye hooks on the frame with a wire running between them to hang it. It is covered with a paper backing. This company has been in business since 1967. I am not sure when it was framed. I bought it as it is shown above. The stamp reads:

Murzin's Art Shop
Artist Materials Picture Framing
162 South Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA.

It also has a sticker on the back that reads: Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. It is done in red and white.

Condition: This item is in good condition. This is an antique item and was handled prior to framing. I am not sure how long it has been framed. It could be up to 45 years. I know I've had it at least 20 years. The center fold line is still visible. There are a few small tears at the edges. The center fold line is worn and may have been wet at one point. There is a darkened area at the upper edge, just left of center. It appears it had been wet and molded a bit. The map was obviously well prepared prior to framing as in all the time I've had it, there has been no change to the discolored areas. Still overall, I would say this is an amazing piece of art in good condition done by a premier engraver of his time. There are some tears in the paper backing at the edges. I spend a lot of time taking pictures and I consider these to be an integral part of this description. If the written description and the pictures don't correlate, use the pictures for your bidding decision. If you still are not sure, please email me to ask questions. The pictures will always be right.

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On May-02-12 at 15:42:06 PDT, seller added the following information:

I have had a few questions on this item. One person asked if this was attached to another piece of paper before matting and framing. I bought these maps as they are listed. I do know it was professionally done and can't imagine this was attached to another paper or had anything done that would affect its value. I can see an ivory colored mat that extends beyond all borders of the map and can be seen behind the areas where there are holes. I don't see any evidence of anything else behind the map other than the mat. However, I don't know for sure if it was attached to another paper or even to the mat. I am uploading a few additional images as well to show this item a bit more clearly. I tipped the frame and the mat and the side and in the top picture you can see the edge of the map, the mat behind it, and the brown backing behind the mat.

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