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Stock# 64977
Description

With Extra Deluxe Dedication To The King

Nice example of Matthaus Seutter's Atlas Novus, with 49 hand colored maps, decorative title page and extra double page dedication. 

The extra dedication page is curiously dated by hand as "1717," although the maps suggest a date of 1731 to 1742.  

Striking allegorical title page, depicting a crowned female figure sitting on a globe, at her feet are female images of the continents, in exceptional old color.  The cartouches of most of the maps are embellished with rich figurative and allegorical images and coats of arms.

Almost all maps with the reference to Seutter's title as Imperial Geographer ("Sac. Caes. Maj. Geogr."), a title he received around 1731-33, but still without the imperial printing privilege that Seutter received around 1740-42. - 

As noted in the table of contents, the maps include:

  • Celestial Map
  • World Map
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • America
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • France
  • British Isles
  • Low Countries (3 maps)
  • Switzerland
  • Italy (6 maps)
  • Germany & Austria (16 maps)
  • Hungary
  • Bohemia, Silesia & Moravia
  • Poland
  • Prussia
  • Denmark
  • Scandinavia
  • Russia (2)
  • Turkish Empire
  • Greece and Balkans
  • Morea
  • Holy Land

A nice clean example of this popular 18th Century folio atlas, published in Augsburg.

Condition Description
Folio atlas. Quarter leather with marbled paper boards and pastedown contents list on outside of front board. Corners warn, as illustrated. Contents internally very clean. 5 preliminary text pages, includes printed table of contents with German translations in an old hand. Decorative title page, extra double page dedication and 49 maps in full original color.
Reference
Phillips/Le Gear 593
Matthaus Seutter Biography

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