Auction 133, Lot 24

"Diversi Globi Terr-Aquei Statione Variante et Visu Intercedente per Coluros Tropicorum per Ambos Polos…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: World

Period: 1735 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.7 inches
58.4 x 50 cm

This is one of the most graphic 18th century world maps. The bold engraving style follows Carel Allard's map of 1696 with the central twin hemisphere map surrounded by several smaller maps on various projections. The island of California is depicted five times on the sheet. In Asia, Japan is shown in a bizarre shape that incorporates a huge Terra Yedso (Hokkaido). The coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are beginning to take shape, and New Guinea is shown twice - once in each hemisphere. The map is filled with detail including the tracks of several explorers. A richly engraved background of clouds with numerous wind heads, lesser spheres and two cartouches complete the stunning composition.

References: Portinaro & Knirsch #119.

Condition: A

Very fine impression and lovely original color. Previous extraneous folds have been flattened with expert repair of a couple minor fold intersection splits, which can only be seen on the verso.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,300

Closed on 9/1/2010