1730 Seutter - Mappa geographiae naturalis sive Tabella Synoptica...[guide to the mapmaker's art]

SOLD: Unusual and fascinating look at mapmaking in the 18th century

Title:

Mappa geographiae naturalis sive tabella synoptica / inventa et adornata à Matth. Seuttero. S. Caes. Maj. geogr. Aug.

Map maker:

Matthaeus Seutter

Place and Year:

Augsburg, 1730

Dimensions:

56 x 49 cm (19 x 22 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Original hand color

Condition Rating:

VG

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DETAILS

This is a rare cartographic curiosity designed to illustrate the map drawing process. It consists of an imaginary map with a variety of cultural, geographical, and physical features designed to instruct would-be cartographers in the mapmaker's art. By creating an imaginary place, a broad range of cartographic characteristics is displayed, including port cities, universities, churches, post roads, rivers, mountains, peninsulas, islands, and more. A variety of fonts, text styles, and symbols demonstrate how to produce well-designed labels. Text is given in both Latin and German.

A large, decorative cartouche - left black and white in the usual Seutter style - features an angel tracing on a globe, alongside natural elements. A lovely, colored compass rose, sailing ships, and sea monsters fill the seas. A pictorial legend labels the map features in German and Latin.

Because this map is not found in the standard Seutter works, it is quite scarce.

CONDITION NOTES

Some soiling and creasing; short bottom margin.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00536

REFERENCES

Hill, G. p.58, fig.69; MCC 1 (Tooley - Oddities) #67.

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