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Homann's Heirs (1724-1848)

The Rhine, Mainz and Speyer, 1735

Die Gegenden des Rheins / von SPEYER biss MAYNTZ / nebst der Situation længst / der Bergstrasse / zwischen dem Rhein und dem Odewaldt, / dem Mayn und Necker. 1735 1735 or later

Etching and engraving; printed from two copperplates on two sheets of paper, joined; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:95,000 approx. | RCIN 727071

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A topographical map of the country to each side of the Rhine between Mainz and Speyer, and between the Main and Neckar rivers, showing the cantonments of the Imperial army in 1735. War of the Polish Succession (1733-8). Oriented with west to top (compass rose).

The map extends from Mainz in the north to Speyer in the south, and from Worms (49°38'08"N 08°21'35"E) in the west to Darmstadt (49°52'14"N 08°38'58"E) in the east.

  • Homann's Heirs (1724-1848) (cartographer and publisher) [following on from German title:] Imverlag / Der Homænnischen Erben /Mit Kaÿs. allergn. Privil.
    [following on from French title:] Par & chez les Heritiers de Homan[n] à Norimberg.

  • Watermark: Coat of arms, crown above; countermark: large W

    Condition: each sheet appears to have been folded separately before being joined together, and subsequently folded again; whole: at least twelve fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt along fold lines and on what would have been the outer panel of the folded item; top, right of centre: water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label.

  • Scale: 1:95,000 approx. Scale bar: Scale 2 Horarum Itineris [93 mm =].

    32.6 x 92.7 cm (image)

    mainly cropped (platemark)

    34.3 x 95.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Die Gegenden des Rheins / von SPEYER biss MAYNTZ / nebst der Situation længst / der Bergstrasse / zwischen dem Rhein und dem Odewaldt, / dem Mayn und Necker. 1735. [top, right of centre, in cartouche designed as a swagged, fringed drape]

    Printed title:

    Les Environs du Rhin, depuis Spire iusqu à Mayence, avec les pais adjacents de la Rue des Montagnes appellée BERGSTRASSE / entre les Rivieres du Rhin, de Main, & de Neckar. [top left, outside map border]

    Additional text:

    Postirung von denen Auxiliar= Corps, welche længst dem Rhein die Posten gehalten, / und nach und nach erforderlich verændert worden. [bottom left, in rectangular panel, a list of the regiments of the Auxilliary Corps stationed along the Rhine]


    George III heading: Cantonments on the Rhine in 1735.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, ink, cropped and partly erased; illegible.] (Verso) [top, left of centre, black pencil, in Mason's hand?:] 11 [and] 4. [bottom right, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand, crossed out in black pencil:] B. b 7. [Top right, black pencil, erased:] Rhine; [bottom right, black pencil:] XXVII 1735; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] 4 [and] Rhine 1735; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] Rhine Speyer & Mentz 1735; [right centre, red pencil:] 11.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Rhine Les Environs du Rhin depuis Spire jusqu’a Mayence avec les Pais adjacentes de la Rue de Montagnes appellée Bergstrasse entre les Rivieres du Rhin, de Main et de Neckar; avec les Cantonemens de l’Armée Imperiale en 1735; par les Heretiers d’Homann, 1735. 2 feuilles. [The same entry appears under the heading Cantonment.]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)


  • Subject(s)

    Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (49°59'03"N 08°16'44"E)

    Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (49°19'47"N 08°25'40"E)