Schlaraffenland stand for the Land of Cockaigne in German and represents a country of idleness and luxury. This is a totally imaginary map, but constructed in conventional forms. The map is divided in 19 provinces, each refers to a vice or a sin:
The map was bound to some of Seutter's and Homann's atlases, it first appears in the Atlas novus terrarum of J.B. Homann in 1716.
|Cartographer||George Matthäus Seutter|
|Title||Accurata Utopiae Tabula das ist der Neu-Entdeckten Schalck-Welt, oder des so Offt Benannten und doch nie Erkannten Schlaraffenlandes ...|
|Publisher, Year||G. M. Seutter, Augsburg, circa 1730|
|Plate Size||48.7 x 57.0 cm (19.2 x 22.4 inches)|
|Sheet Size||50.3 x 59.8 cm (19.8 x 23.5 inches)|
|Reference||Sandler, C.: Johann Baptista Homann, Die Homännischen Erben, Matthäus Seutter und Ihre Landkarten, p. 12, No. 358|
George Matthaus Seutter, a German publisher, cartographer and engraver from Augsburg, was born 1678 as the son of a goldsmith. After an apprenticeship at J. B. Homann in Nuremberg, he returned to his native city of Augsburg and worked in the publishing firm of Jeremiah Wolf. In 1707 he founded his own successful publishing company and produced maps, atlases and globes. Seutter died in 1757. The company went over to his son Albrecht Carl and his stepsons G. B. Probst and T. C. Lotter in after his death in 1757. The latter being regarded as his true successor. According to C. Sandler, following atlases have been published by Seutter:
- Atlas Geographicus oder Accurate Vorstellung der Ganzen Welt, 1725
- Atlas Compendiosus oder die ganze Welt in den nothwendigsten Geographischen Charten
- Atlas Compendiosus Scholasticus
- Atlas Novus Indicubus Instructus, 1728
- Grosser Atlas, 1734
- Atlas Minor, 1744
Beside the atlases, Seutter produced a pair of 20 cm table globes during his early days.
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