This German map is based on Delisle's 1700 foundation map of Africa. The Nile is correctly shown with its origins in Abyssinia and the other major rivers are shown fairly accurately. Several native kingdoms are named, along with numerous notations. The title cartouche was copied from Delisle's map as well and includes elephants, an ostrich, natives and a man wrestling a crocodile.
Slight ink mark otherwise a fine map in full original colour.
code : M3852
Cartographer : LOTTER Family
Date : 1772
Size : 44.5*57 cms
availability : Available
Price : £350
The Lotter family were and engraves and publishers based in Augsburg with a prolific output of maps in the eighteenth century.
Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717-1777) worked with Georg Matthaus Seutter (his father-in-law - he married Georg's daughter in 1740) and Tobias Lobeck. In 1756 he succeeded his father-in-law jointly with Albrecht Seutter's son and Georg Balthasar Probst, also re lated by marriage. In 1758 Lotter inherited half the copperplates of the Seutter firm and was able to set up his own, independent publishing house that same year. Some of his best known atlas works are the "Atlas Minor" (c.1744), the "Atlas Der Ganzen Welt" (1748) and the "Atlas Novus" (c.1770), as well as numerous, important, single map - the "REcens Edita Totius Novi Belgica" of c.1760 being just one of note.
The Seutter/Lotter collaboration was recognised as one of the great German publishing endeavours of the eighteenth century.
Tobias Conrad was succeeded by his sons Matthaus Albrecht Lotter and Georg Friedrich Lotter, and other family members were also involved.