"Prospect und Grundris der Keiserl Freyen Reichs und Ansee Stadt Bremen...", Homann, Johann Baptist
Subject: Bremen, Germany
Period: 1740 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm
This is a superb chart of the city of Bremen and the surrounding small villages with particular emphasis on the many rivers and canals in the area. At bottom is a panoramic view of Bremen surrounded by two allegorical scenes representing the city's importance to trade in the region. On the right is an open atlas showing Greenland and Spitzbergen in Norway, alluding to the possessions of the Hanse. Above the view is a coat-of-arms of the city. The legend in the upper left corner identifies 33 locations.
Full contemporary color on paper with a small coat of arms watermark, an archivally repaired tear that enters less than 1/2" into image at left, and moderate toning almost entirely confined to the blank margins at left and top right.