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Seminal early map of the Great Lakes, including one of the earliest appearances of Detroit, the Port of Chicago and several mythical islands in Lake Superior, which appeared for the next 100 years on various maps. The map was produced for the Journal of R.P. de Charlevoix. The map was compiled from the Chaussegros de Lery manuscripts and is also noteworthy for the fictious mountain range in Michigan. Rich with Indian information, notes, early french forts and other early features. A scarce early map to focus on the Great Lakes. The first obtainable example, preceded only by a 1742 proof copy noted by Kershaw. Karpinski p.137.

Matthaus Seutter Biography

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. 

Alternative spellings: Matthias Seutter, Mathaus Seutter, Matthaeus Seutter, Mattheus Seutter