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Novus orbis sive America meridionalis et septentrionalis [cartographic material] 


ca. 1730]

Place of creation



Matth. Seutter

1 map : ill., hand col. ; 48 x 56 cm on sheet 55 x 63 cm.

Scope and content

Map of the Americas features a prominent island of California based on the second Sanson model, with two indented bays in the northern coast. Directly above the island is the strait of Fretum Anian and the coastline of Terra Esonis incogn, which is obscured by an elaborate pictorial cartouche relating to the religious conversion of the natives. The Great Lakes are somewhat distorted, with large spurious bays on the west coasts of lakes Superior and Michigan. A suggestion of a Northwest Passage is hinted at through a portage between rivers inspired by the reports of Baron Lahontan. The map is filled with place names, and details the tracks of the major voyages of exploration in the Pacific. An array of exotic birds flutter above the large title cartouche that depicts Native Americans fishing, cutting sugar cane, farming, and paying tribute to a chief. A secondary cartouche contains text relating the important discoveries in America and the conversion of the natives to Christianity.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27753
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #119
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H2/1-2000/[ca. 1730]

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Biography / Administrative history

Engraver, globe maker and map publisher born in Augsburg. Worked as an apprentice to publisher Johann Homann in Nuremberg in 1697. Returned to Augsburg ca. 1707 and set up his own map publishing house which became a primary competitor of the Homann comapny. He was awarded the title of Imperial Geographer by Karl VI in 1731. In the 1730s he open a branch of his business in Vienna. In addition to maps Seutter published a few celestial globes . After his death the business was carried on by his son-in-law Tobias Conrad Lotter.

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copper plate engraving.

Includes compass rose in the Pacific Ocean as well as routes of various explorers.

Printed in lower left corner in cartouche: "Novus Orbis Sive America Meridionalis Et Septentrionalis Per Sua Regna, Provincias Et Insulas Iuxta Observationes Et Descriptiones Recentiss. Divisa Et Adornata Cura Et Opera Matth. Seutter, Sac. Caes. Maj. Geogr. Aug. Vind."

Printed in upper left corner in cartouche is a description of America's discovery and how Catholicism has spread: "Novus Orbis. Non ratione creations sed titulo inventions Anteriores insulae A 1492 a Christoph Columbo, Genuensi"

Printed along bottom edge in lower right: "Cum Gratia et Privil. S. R. I. Vicartg, in partibg Reni, Sveviae, et Juris Franconici."

This map appeared in several atlases published by Seutter.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate .

Citation / reference note
Phillips, Entry 593, map no 6.
Tooley, R.V. "Mapping of America", p. 132, Entry 91

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27753

Exhibitions note
Over the Rockies: The Discovery & Mapping of the Canadian West 1700-1886. An Exhibition held at the The Royal Ontario Museum, March and April, 1956

Subject heading

1. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. South America - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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