"S.R.I. Principatus et Episcopatus Eistettensis cum Omnibus Suis Praefecturis et Pertinentiis, tam in Proprio...", Homann, Johann Baptist
Subject: Southeastern Germany
Period: 1720 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 18.9 inches
56.6 x 48 cm
This decorative map shows the Bishopric of Eichstatt, a small ecclesiastical principality of the Holy Roman Empire, located in present-day Bavaria. It extends from Nuremberg south to Ingolstadt. Forests, rolling countryside, mountains, and other topographical details are graphically depicted. Political divisions, towns and cities, and rivers are identified. The map is filled out with stunning ornamental elements, including a heavenly vignette at top, a distance scale cartouche at bottom right featuring two putti with surveying equipment, and a title cartouche at bottom left with a religious theme. Beneath the title cartouche is a view of the town of Eichstatt on the Altmuhl River, complete with the Willibaldsburg castle, the seat of the bishopric's bishop-princes.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with an extraneous crease along the centerfold at bottom, some excess printer's ink, and a light stain that just enters into the border at left. There are a number of short edge tears and chips along the sheet's edges, including one that enters the neatline at top which has been closed with archival tape.