Augsburg: 1770. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 19.5 x 22.5"
This finely rendered map of Scandinavia includes Sweden, Finland, and Lapland. The vivid hand-coloring highlights, in reverse, the bodies of water that give the region its distinctive shape. The numerous coastal islands within these bodies of water are meticulously labeled, as are provinces, cities, and rivers on the mainland. The around around Stockholm, "the Venice of the North," is particularly detailed with all of its constituent islands. Two compass roses, one at the top and one at the bottom of the map, point in slightly different directions as to indicate the curvature of the Earth at this high latitude. The map is in good condition with slight chips to the upper and lower margins, not affecting the image. Otherwise a vibrant copy. Tobias Conrad Lotter was a German mapmaker based in Augsburg. His work dates to the revival of mapmaking in 18th century Germany that was spurred in large part by the work of Matthäus Seutter. Lotter, who married Seutter's daughter, worked on behalf of the Seutter firm as a master engraver and took over half of the printing house upon Seutter's death. His individual work, combined with his republication of Seutter's maps under his own imprint, allowed Lotter to match, if not surpass, his predecessor's reputation as one of the most prominent German cartographers of the period.