By: Georg Matthias Seutter
Date: 1730 (Published) Augsburg
Dimensions: 19.5 x 22.5 inches (49.5 x 57.2 cm)
This gorgeous example of Seutter’s detailed map of Europe with spectacular full color cartouche features religious and allegorical figures signifying Christianity as a moral and civilizing force throughout Europe. Large German and Ottoman Empires are depicted, and Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine are all shown as one Kingdom. A highly detailed and richly engraved map. Seutter’s maps are among the most beautifully engraved and highly coveted maps of the period.
Georg Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was a prominent German mapmaker in the mid-eighteenth century. Initially appreciated to a brewer, he trained as an engraver under Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremburg before setting up shop in his native Augsburg. In 1727 he was granted the title Imperial Geographer. His most famous works is Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae, published in two volumes ca. 1730, although the majority of his maps are based on earlier work by other cartographers like the Homanns, Delisles, and de Fer.
Condition: Light foxing with several centerfold separations that have been closed on verso with archival materials. There are a few short tears just entering the map border at bottom that have also been repaired with archival materials. There is some chalk on the face of the map that has been used to lighten some toning and foxing mostly along the centerfold.
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