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 (12¼ × 7¼ and 13⅜ × 12⅜ in [31 × 18.5 and 34 × 31.5 cm] resp.). 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 (⅜-1⅛ × 4½ in [1-3 × 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
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 .
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
„ nachdem die wunderbare Stangenabwurf-Folge (Wintter’s Aufsezen oder wachstum des Hirschgeweihes hiesiger Lieferung) nun meine Wand ziert, habe ich zwei (Desiderata-)Bitten an Sie. Es fehlt mir … Können Sie mir behilflich sein? “
(Herr C. R., 28. Januar 2015)