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Auction 140, Lot 858

"Neue Tafel vor alle Liebhabers und See-Fahrende Personen Stellet vor ein Orlog oder Kriegs-Schiff mit Seinen Volligen Tow…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Ships

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.2 inches
57.2 x 48.8 cm
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Fabulous large sheet with construction and rigging detail of a three-masted, 96-gun man-o-war. The rendering provides great detail of the ship's equipment, construction, rigging, etc. The main part of the engraving is composed of engraved views. The first is a large and extraordinarily detailed cutaway showing all five decks. Above this is another showing the ship at anchor and explaining the rigging in great detail. Tables keyed to these drawings name and locate over 170 lines, pieces of equipment, and locations on the ship. Plus two detailed vignettes of the bow show a masthead in the form of a lion. A table of detailed specifications gives further detail on ship's size, capacity, crew, etc. All surrounded by 17 smaller vignettes showing cross-section views, ribbing and planking details, compass and astrolabe detail, dry docks, etc. One could construct their own model from these drawings. Beautiful 32-point compass rose at lower right.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with a few insignificant spots of soiling and a couple of minute wormholes in blank area of image, only visible when held to light. A few short tears in blank margins have been professionally repaired, and there is a tiny abrasion at top center.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900


Closed on 5/23/2012