Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 61

"Tafel in Welcher alle Gehorige Werck-Zeuge zur Kriegs-Kunst…Vorgestelt Werden", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany - Military

Period: 1750 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm

This great military-themed engraving illustrates the components of fortification plans and is filled with images explaining the art and weaponry of war. On display are 'modern' weaponry including various sizes and types of cannons and mortars, some wild rolling-spiked contraptions, including one that is flaming, and a large sky rocket. The crowded sheet shows the correct positioning of batteries, plus shells, bombs, and other artillery pieces. Sea battles, the structure of fortified batteries or forts, and much more are illustrated. At bottom are two large bronze cannons with their various type shells, some looking quite gruesome. Topped off with a 32-point compass rose.


Condition: B+

Old color with professionally repaired centerfold separations that touch neatline at top and enter map image 2.5" at bottom. There are short tears in blank margins, several of which enter map image 0.5-1" at right and bottom, that have also been professionally repaired. Small chips in bottom and right blank margins have been repaired to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/7/2011