Antique Map of America Showing the Island of California
Nice example of Seutter's map of America, with California as an island and two spectacular cartouches.
A highly detailed and richly engraved map. Seutter's maps are among the most 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.
Many other interesting features.
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