Fine example of Seutter's decorative and highly detailed plan of Prague, with a striking view of the city below. The map shows the city divided into three neighborhoods, the "small," "old," and "new" cities. Fields and Vysehard Cemetery surround the city. The Vltava is denoted by its German name of Moldau. Many other features are drawn and noted, including the Charles Bridge.
The panorama depicts the various neighborhoods and features noted above. Prague Castle and the Ratschin (castle district) are shown. The significance of the ruins in the foreground is unclear and may relate to something in the present day vicinity of Petrin Tower.
The map includes 5 coats of arms, the view includes 6 coats of arms. This includes the coat of arms of the city with three towers on a shield.
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