Rare Probst edition of Seutter's map of America, with two spectacular cartouches.
A highly detailed and richly engraved map, showing California as an Island.
The map is packed with geographic detail, real and apocryphal. The Great Lakes are very unusually shaped. A number of mythical western places are shown. South America is much too wide. The Mississippi is considerably west of its proper course.
At the lower right, an extra credit is given to Johann Michael Probst, with the date of 1784. This is the first time we have ever seen this edition of the map.
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