This is an unusual thematic chart shows the traveling distances from various European cities in a style that is still used today. Several similar charts were made during this time, but this one gives a very large number of combinations, some nearly 5000 are shown. Cities are named in German and Latin and their locations given. The chart appears to be most exhaustive regarding German and Dutch cities, though cities from outside this area are also shown, as far away as Jerusalem and London.
The cartouche on the right occupies a complex scene with the goddess Cybele in her lion-drawn carriage and several other travelers crossing a mountainous terrain. The text in the cartouche explains how to use the chart, with the right and left hand tracing the desired cities.
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