"Ingermanlandiae seu Ingriae novissima Tabula luci tradita", Homann Heirs
Period: 1734 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.9 x 18.5 inches
55.6 x 47 cm
A wonderful map of the vicinity of St. Petersburg and a superb example of Homann's bold engraving style. The region, known as Ingria, was annexed by Peter the Great in 1721 at the conclusion of the Great Northern War with Sweden. The region formed a protective land barrier around the city of St. Petersburg and the map provides excellent information on the defenses of the city. At upper left is a fabulous engraving of the city and harbor filled with warships. In the opposite corner is an elaborate title cartouche showing sea nymphs paying homage to Neptune. This is the second state with text in bottom margin.
Old paper laid on verso of centerfold for no apparent reason as paper is sound. Light overall toning with a bit of insignificant foxing on verso. Lovely later color in cartouches with original body color in map.