Nice example of Seutter's decorative double hemisphere map of the world, surrounded by several smaller maps displaying various projections.
Embedded in the dark background area are windheads that recall world maps of the early 16th century. On closer examination, Seutter's map has a number of highly peculiar delineations. The shape of Japan is downright bizarre, and the fictional Yesso Land, normally found in far northeastern Asia, has become a part of Japan's main island, nearly tripling its size. California is shown as an island at a relatively late date.
A fine marriage of scientific projections and decorative imagery.
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