Decorative map of North America, showing California as an Island, based upon the second Sanson Model.
The present example is from the private collection of Glen McLaughlin, author of The Mapping of California as an Island. (Letter available upon request).
California is narrowed in the center, based upon a theory advanced by Father Luis Velarde. Interesting vertical projection. Many placenames throughout.
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