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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.
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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.
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.
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Citation / reference note
Tooley, R.V. "Mapping of America", p. 132, Entry 91
Availability of other formats note
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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