Antique Map of Southeast Asia, Indian Ocean and Australia
A nice example of Seutter's scarce map of the East Indies and part of Australia, from the Atlas Novus.
The map extends from Japan and Persia in the North, to the Maldives and Australia and the Ladrones in the South and West. One of the most notable features of the map is that Australia continues to be attached to Nova Guinea, albeit with some hesitation, as the image extends outside the inner neatline to convey this information--this in spite of the fact that there are 20 or more place names along Australia's Northern Coastline. The detail throughout Southeast Asia is excellent and the print style typically strong.
The cartouche is one of the more ornate Seutter cartouches, with elaborate scenes from sea, land, jungle and mythology.
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