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Auction 189, Lot 491

"[Untitled - Switzerland]", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Methodicus

Color: Hand Color

10.8 x 9.4 inches
27.4 x 23.9 cm
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This map was intended for geographical instruction, and as such it only shows the outlines of regions, major lakes and rivers. Each geographical location is identified with a letter that corresponded with an index revealing the answers. This is one of the earliest examples of school maps that used this type of system to teach geography, and according to Rumsey, it was "based on a teaching system formulated by Johann Hubner (1668-1731) and adapted by Homann." The atlas is quite scarce, and examples of the atlas or individual maps are not often found in the market.

References: Rumsey #4385; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.HOM-2a #12.

Condition: A

A sharp impression with full contemporary color, minor offsetting, a printer's crease at right, and light foxing and soiling confined to the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $60

Closed on 9/14/2022