Auction 104, Lot 134

"Pensylvania Nova Jersey et Nova York cum Regionibus ad Fluvium Delaware in America Sitis…", Seutter/Lotter

Subject: Colonial Mid Atlantic

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 22.5 inches
49.3 x 57.2 cm

This is a notable pre-Revolutionary War era map based on Lewis Evans’ map of 1749, one of the first and most important maps of the region. This German version had wider circulation than the Evans map and therefore significant influence on the European view of the colonies. It extends from New England to the estuaries of the Delaware and Chesapeake. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains and are depicted with some interesting, and not entirely accurate, boundary configurations. New Hampshire's entire eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts is just below New Hampshire, but does not include Boston or Cape Cod, which are shown as part of Connecticut. New York is divided into three sections and includes the western part of Massachusetts and Vermont. The map is graphically engraved to show mountains, forests, colonial settlements and Indian villages. Two ornate cartouches fill opposite corners of the map; title is surrounded in an elaborate engraving featuring William Penn bartering with the natives and indigenous flora and fauna, and the distance scale and map key is enclosed in a decorative cartouche with a compass rose. Lotter engraved the map for his father-in-law Mattaeus Seutter, probably in 1750. He then succeeded Seutter in 1756, and changed the cartouche imprint to his own for subsequent editions. This example bears the Lotter imprint.

References: McCorkle #750.4.

Condition: A

A fine example with a good impression and bright original color. A couple of very insignificant spots of foxing and a couple of tiny professional repairs in top border.

Estimate: $2,500 - $2,750

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/10/2003