Accurata Utopiae Tabula...Schlaraffenlandes... by Johann Baptista Homann (1664-1724)
by J.B.Homann, from: Atlas Novus Terrarum, Nuremberg, 1716.
copper engraved map with original hand colouring; plate size 49,5 x 58 cm. fold as issued; paper evenly toned; edges slightly frayed; some faint spotting; o/w exc. cond.
'Schlaraffenland' is the German Fool's Paradise, an imaginary country of idleness and luxury where chickens, geese and pigeons fly around already cooked and every house is surrounded by a hedge of sausage. Homann's map expands this theme considerably by providing a geographic framework for the imaginary land of vice and debauchery. The map is dividied into 19 regions like Magni Stomachi Imperium (Empire of Fat Stomachs), Lurconia (Land of Gluttony)and Prodigalia Regnum (Kingdom of Extravagance). The map is covered in amusing names for rivers, places and other geographical features. There are four kingdom surrounding Utopia (here marked as being uncoloured): to the West lies the Kingdom of Old Age and to the East the Land of Youth. In the South is Tartari Regnu, the nether region at the end of the Earth or Hell; in the North lies Terra Sancta Incognita (Unknown Land of Religion) with Jerusalem on top of a mountain. The large cartouche shows figures demonstrating all kinds of debauchery.
Homann was a German engraver and publisher who established himself and his family as perhaps the most famous German map publishers. Following his death in 1724, the business continued under the name "Homann Heirs".