Fine pair of celestial models illustrating the bright comet which transited the sky in March and April of 1742.
On the right is an image of the Celestial Sky, illustrating the various constellations visible in the sky at the time of the transit of the comet, which can be seen at the top left. On the left, is model of the solar system, illustrating the position of the comet.
The image presents a striking illustration, one of the best Celestial models of its time.
Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was a prominent German mapmaker in the mid-eighteenth century. Initially apprenticed 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 work 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