Rare first edition of the map of the Duchy of Lithuania by Georg Matthäus Seutter. Shows the Baltic States with Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, the northeast of Poland, in the south the northern part of Ukraine. From Riga in the north to Lublin in the southeast, in the east the Dnieper with Gomel, Orsсha to Smolensk. With Vilnius, Kaunas, Minsk and Daugavpils. At the bottom as far as Chernobyl. In the centre on top a title cartouche.
There are three states of this map. This first state has no privilege in the upper right corner, which was added for the second state in 1731/32. In 1762 the map was published again by J. M. Probst, recognisable by his imprint in the upper left corner.
|Cartographer||George Matthäus Seutter|
|Title||Novissima et Accuratissima Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae|
|Publisher, Year||G. M. Seutter, Augsburg, circa 1730|
|Plate Size||49.7 x 57.1 cm (19.6 x 22.5 inches)|
|Sheet Size||53.0 x 64.0 cm (20.9 x 25.2 inches)|
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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