|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||aeri insculpt. et venale prostans apud Matth. Seutter S. C.M. Geogr. Aug. Vind. [Augsburg, c.1730]|
|Dimensions||490 x 565 mm|
A large and decorative map of the electorates of the Holy Roman Empire as it was in the early eighteenth century, from Seutter's 'Atlas Geographicus oder Accurate Vorstellung der Ganzen Welt.' The map essentially covers modern day Germany, with parts of neighbouring Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and Poland. The electorates themselves are coloured in full wash colour, and neighbouring kingdoms and regions are outlined. Cities and towns are picked out in red, and the map features four large decorative cartouches. The title cartouche contains a portrait of Emperor Karl VI.
Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was a German cartographer. He was born in Ausburg and studied engraving with Johann Homann in Nuremberg. He later went back to his hometown to work at Jeremias Wolff's publishing house. In 1707 Seutter started his own cartographic printing business. He would publish the 'Atlas Geographicus Accurate', 'Atlas Minor' and 'Atlas Major' and even become the imperial geographer under Charles VI. Although his sons Georg Matthäus and Albrecht Carl were involved in the business, after Seutter's death, his sons-in-law George Balthazar Probst and Conrad Lotter took over the publishing house and re-issued many of his plates.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Trimmed to bottom border as issued, now professionally remargined. Stained old puncture repair near Driesen (Drezdenko). Blank on verso.