Augsburg: Matthäus Seutter, [n.d but circa 1740]. Copper-engraved map, touches of old hand-colouring. Somewhat creased, small tears in bottom margin Sheet size: 20 5/8 x 23 3/4 inches.

One of the most decorative maps of the Northeast, by a prominent German cartographer.

A fine example of one of the highly popular Jansson-Visscher New England series of maps, first published by Nicholas Visscher in 1651. The present plate was first published by Seutter in 1730, and `is the first map in the [Jansson-Visscher] series to show ... the boundaries of Massachusetts, New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.' There are three states with Seutter's imprint: the first with no mention of his imperial appointment, and the second state mentioning that he is Imperial geographer. In the third state, (this example) dating to 1740 onwards, the title has been altered again, this time to include mention of the privilege that he has been granted. After Seutter's death his son-in-law, Tobias Conrad Lotter, inserted his own name and three further states were published.

To this map of the northeast is added the famous Restitutio View of New York City, which celebrated the city's brief return to Dutch governance from late 1672 until February of 1674. This is one of the earliest views of the city. Adorning the inset view is a very elaborate tableau in which the Emperor, Charles VI, is shown attended by Hermes, god of commerce, Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Hera, who is standing over a chest of gold coins. Behind the divine beings, dark skinned workers of the world carry nature's products to lay at the Emperor's feet.

Matthäus Seutter was one of the most important German mapmakers of the eighteenth century. Born in Augsburg in 1678, he became an apprentice to the renowned cartographer Johann Baptiste Homann in Nuremberg. In 1707 he established himself as a map publisher in Augsburg, and quickly became Homann's main rival. His business flourished and by 1731 he was appointed Geographer to the Imperial Court. .

  • Asher, A List of the Maps and Charts of New Netherland, 20, p.16; Campbell, 'The Jansson-Visscher Maps of New England,' in Tooley,The Mapping of America, 25, p.291; cf. McCorkle, New England in Early Maps, 730.5 note; cf. StokesThe Iconography of Manhattan Island 1498-1909, Vol.I, plate 16b and p.223 (1st state)

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