The famous German firm of cartographic publishers was founded by Johann Baptist Homann in 1702 in Nuremberg. In 1707 he published the ‘Neuer Atlas’ whose success continued for many years. In recognition of this Homann was elected to the Berlin Academy of Sciences. In 1715 he was appointed Geographer to the Emperor. This map of the British Isles is quite likely one of his earliest productions issued at the time of his first atlas. This is one of his more desirable works bearing portraits of firstly Queen Anne, then both George I and George II in various states and as Shirley concludes on different plates. This is an example of the second plate displaying George I in armour and ‘Dolft’ instead of ‘Delft’ in Holland, i.e. in Shirley’s first state. However, research now identifies one earlier state lacking the privilege here present. Provenance: Gebr. Haas brothers 2001: private English collection. Heinz (1997); Shirley (1988) Homann 2 plate 2 state 1.