Copper engraving, 50 x 58.5 cm original hand-colour, toning at centrefold, blank verso.
This map of Asia features some interesting cartographic conjectures, including attempts to show the northern coastline of Australia, Nova Zebmla as a peninsula, and the entirely mythical Compagnies Landt northeast of Japan, supposedly discovered by Jean de Gama (as a note on the map reads).
The elaborate black and white cartouche depicts people of Asia. Matthäus Seutter (1678-c.1757) was apprenticed to Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremburg in 1697, but in 1707 returned to Augsburg and founded his own map publishing house, which became the primary competitor of the Homann firm. The rival businesses dominated the German, and to a significant extent the international map markets throughout the eighteenth-century; Tobias Conrad Lotter inherited half of his father-in-law’s business and in 1758 he established his own firm, taking his share of the copper printing plates.