Johann Baptist Homann
Johann Baptist Homann was born in Nuremberg in Southern Germany where he spent his whole life.
In 1702 Johann Baptist Homann founded a map publishing company, which is aknowledged to be one of the most important German map publishing firm of the eighteenth century. Homann's company successfully competed with leading European mapmakers.
At the end of 2000 during inventory work at the Austrian State Archives in Vienna, a document
concerning the appointment of Johann Baptist Homann (1663–1724) as the imperial
geographer was found. Included in the document was the corresponding petition by
Homann to Emperor Charles VI.
After Johann Baptist Homann's death company was continued by his son, Christoph (1703-30) and other heirs under the name Homann's Erben (Homann's Heirs).