Fine Antique Map of Japan from Jesuit Sources
Striking map of Japan, drawn from the work of Engelbert Kaempfer.
The map includes an elaborate rococo cartouche showing Kaempfer drafting his map of Japan, while the other half is held by a rich female figure. Other figures in Japanese dress surround the cartouche, with vases, palms, and a monk-like squat figure.
Beneath the mapping of Japan's islands, the silver and gold coins of Japan are depicted, along with the coats of arms of Japanese princes, nobles and emperors. the "exile island" of Fatfisio is shown at the southeastern corner.
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