Auction 168, Lot 110

"Mappa Geographica Regionem Mexicanam et Floridam Terrasque Adjacentes, ut et Anteriores Americae Insulas...", Seutter/Lotter

Subject: Colonial Eastern North America & West Indies

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.6 x 18.8 inches
57.4 x 47.8 cm

This is Mathias Seutter's decorative and beautifully engraved version of Delisle's important map of 1703 (Carte du Mexique et de la Floride). It provides a view of North America from the Great Lakes through the West Indies. The British colonies are confined east of the Appalachian Mountains, France controls the Mississippi valley and Florida, and Spain possesses Mexico. New Mexico is finely described with many native tribes and pueblos noted, including Acoma, Santa Clara, Isleta and more. While geographically nearly identical to Delisle's chart, this map is very ornate; the lower left corner is filled with a huge sea battle and the upper left contains a pretty scale of miles cartouche. In the Atlantic are four inset plans of important trade centers in the Americas: Panama, Havana, Cartagena and Vera Cruz. Engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter. Georg Matthias Seutter served an apprenticeship to J. B. Homan prior to setting up his own map publishing business in Augsburg. Many of his maps have a strong resemblance to Homann's maps.

References: Martin & Martin, p. 93, plt. 18.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with contemporary color, faint scattered foxing, a few minor stains, and a tiny centerfold separation confined to the bottom blank margin. There are light damp stains in the top corners of the sheet, only entering the map image at top left.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 6/6/2018