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A  dot  over  the  “i”

among  the  legendary  old  wall-maps

The  quite  spectacular  river  wall-map

by  the  Lotters  in  Augsburg

With  the  dream  route

from  Mayence  to  Cologne  in  the  lower  center-field

Lotter, Matthäus Albrecht (1741 Augsburg 1810) + Georg Friedrich Lotter. Carte Géographique Représentant le Cours entier du RHIN , de la MOSELLE / de la MEUSE et de l’ESCAUT avec les Pays Confins specialement

l’Etat  Actuel  de  toutes  les  Possessions  de  la  Maison  d’Autriche

dans  les  Pays  Bas

et une Grande Partie de la France / Cabinetskarte welche den Ganzen Lauff des RHEINS , Der MOSEL , Der MAAS und SCHELDE nebst den Angraenzenden Laendern vorzüglich alle gegenwaertige Besitzungen des Hauses Oesterreich in den Niederlanden und einen grossen Theil von Frankreich vorstellt. With compass card and

2  imperial  title-cartouches

with boundary marks and miles indicator (resp. 31 x 18.5 and 34 x 31.5 cm). Joined 6 plates  river + history  wall-map  embedded in the history of its time (showing the Austrian possessions in the Netherlands and in a large part of France) engraved by Tobias Konrad Lotter (1717 Augsburg 1777). 45⅝ × 65½ in (116 × 166.5 cm). – Partly coloured in outline.

List of Unusual Items that have come up for sale (ed. by the British Library) in Imago Mundi vol. XXXIX, p. 100. – Title in French + German parallel text. – 3rd state (of 3 or 4) with timely classicist cartouches instead of the earlier baroque version as on the copy in the Bavarian State Library. In a private collection in Mannheim a signature variant as it was unknown also in Munich. Known besides dated states from 1785 + 1794.

A few small tears almost exclusively within the left lower plate done by Japan doubling. Only at the upper edge of the subject a closed small paper loss (1-3 x 11.5 cm) between the places Meaux and Compiègne. Apart from that full margined impression in altogether very good condition as not usual for the old wall-maps as specially mentioned by Egon Klemp, Commentary on the Atlas of the Great Elector, Stuttgart 1971, pp. 6-10. – Typographical watermark.

Special  wall-map  of  dominant  representation

and  large  scarcity

as  not  embodied  in  the  legendary  “ Atlas  of  the  Great  Elector ”

where such should be a very sensible addition to the Colom part of charts the more as

the  meandering  Belgian-Netherlandish  mouth  area  of  the

channel  net

forming the two countries gives the map a quite essential quality of statement. Such as in general the black and white state in connection with the red marked cities makes possible

the  total  view

of  the  streams  along  with  the  root-like  ramification  of  their  tributaries

up to those of 3rd order. And the pearl-like succession of the places on the banks coloured in red demonstrates the logic of the waters as lifelines of settlement. To emphasize also

the river islands shown especially for Upper and Middle Rhine

and  the  Mayence  pontoon  bridge .

Showing the

Rhine  from  Leibstadt  near  Waldshut  via  Basel  up  to  its  mouth ,

Moselle , Meuse , and  Scheldt  completely .

Further up to Laufen – St. Ursannes – Lakes of Neuenburg, Murten, and Biel – Fribourg – Poligny – Châtillon – St. Florentin – west of Sens – Arras – Veurne – the coast from Nieuwpoort to Noordwijk – Zutphen – Rheine – Osnabrück – next to Lübbecke and Bünde – Geseke – Winterberg – Gießen – Hanau – Seligenstadt – Freudenstadt . – The Mare Germanicum erroneously inscribed as Baltic Sea instead of North Sea.

As authors of this quite autonomous work call themselves the two sons of Tobias Konrad Lotter at the end of the French title. This father, son-in-law and co-follower of the map publisher Matthäus Seuter I and wellknown himself as mapmaker, engraver, and publisher, should have engraved the map in the sixties or seventies. The date of “c. 1740” mentioned by Grenacher, Guide to the cartographic history … of Augsburg – Imago Mundi vol. XXII, pp. 85 ff., along with a varying title – not harmonizing with Matthäus Albrecht Lotter’s life.

The title-cartouches a reflection of what lifelines also stand for. The dominant French one rich in banners and drums, gun and accessories, and all other arms embedded in laurel-wreathes and crowned by the eternal flame. The against this more modest German one designed as a laurel-wreathed monument with standards crowding behind on both sides in the midst thick battle-smoke.

Furthermore the map is also a grandeur in honour of the publishers. Since Mercator’s days no lesser publishing house in Germany than that of Seutter/Lotter pooled willingness and competence to produce a whole line of large maps printed from several plates. And where already the one-river-map will be a special feature here the Lotters formed in courageous grasp

the  wall-map  of  a  whole  European  stream  compound

including  Father  Rhine !

Offer no. 13,031 / price on application


„ im Internet habe ich in Ihrem Katalog das vorgenannte Werkverzeichnis … gefunden …

Mit Interesse habe ich auch Ihren offenen Brief an die Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 24.7.2003 gelesen, zumal ich (bei früherer Gelegenheit) … mir … von der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung den Vorwurf des ‚Kulturglobalisten‘ gefallen lassen mußte … “

(Herr A. G., 8. Dezember 2003)