Auction 122, Lot 594

"Nova Totius Helvetiae cum suis Subditis ac Sociis…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Switzerland

Period: 1730 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.4 x 19.3 inches
56.9 x 49 cm

Robustly engraved map surrounded by vignettes of natural phenomenon, including the Devil's Bridge in the Alps, whirlpools, fossils, avalanches, and even the fire-breathing, winged dragon of legend that haunts the mountains near Lucerne. Superb detail throughout the country with vigorous depictions of the mountainous topography. The decorative title cartouche is flanked by river gods, armorial crests and people engaged in agrarian pursuits. A lettered key at the top names the marvels illustrated in the map.

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Condition: B

A nice impression on a sheet with original hand coloring. The centerfold has an old paper repair on the verso, and there are a few minor stains within the map.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/5/2007

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