Synopsis Plagae Septemtrionalis, sive Sueciae, Daniae et Norwegiae Regn
Place Published: Augsburg
Description: Map. Copperplate engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 19.25 x 22.5".
Comments: This elaborate map of Scandinavia shows the entirety of the region as it relates to the mainland of Europe. Published circa 1740, the map postdates the Swedish imperial era and corresponds instead to a time of a more balanced power distribution in Northern Europe. The three main kingdoms of the 18th century--Sweden, Denmark, and Norway--are shown along with Finland and the Baltics, all thoroughly labeled with cities, rivers, and pictorial mountains and forests. The coloring of the map further contributes to this historical vision of relative stability, if not necessarily peace, with hand coloring delineating the various regions of each locale. In the upper left of the map is an elaborate cartouche topped with the arms of Sweden. This heraldry is offset, however, by women symbolizing justice and peace, below the arms, and a woman to the right of the arms with a shawl that mimics the billowing sails of ships in the harbor behind her. Together, these feminine figures suggest an era of renewed commerce and even cooperation amongst the various northern kingdoms. This map appeared in Matthaus Seutter's "Atlas novus sive tabulae geographicae totius orbis." It is in good condition with some small tears to the margins nor affecting the image. Manuscript note in upper right margin reads "83."Matthaus Seutter the Elder (1678-1757) was an engraver, globe maker and map publisher based in Augsburg. He apprenticed with J.B. Homann in Nuremberg and, in fact, this map was likely modeled on Homann's 1725 precedent. Seutter was awarded the title of Imperial Geographer by Karl VI in 1731, and his son-in-law T.C. Lotter took over the business in 1758. This map of Amsterdam exemplifies Seutter's cartographic prowess.Language: English
Book ID: 251197