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7. Tobias Conrad Lotter. “Mappa Geographica Regionem Mexicanam et Floridam” (Augsburg: 1740). Double-page copperplate engraving with fine, bright original hand color. 18 3/4 x 22 1/4" at neat line. Sheet: 21 1/4 x 22 1/2". Five insets at center right. Large, uncolored vignette at l. l.; elaborate scale of miles at u. l. Very slight browning at sheet edges. Fine with wonderful color.

Price: SOLD.

The son-in-law of Matthaus Seutter, Lotter began his career as an engraver for Seutter and ultimately inherited the family business. The present map of North America is one of Lotter’s finest productions. It shows the continent from the Great Lakes south and west to New Mexico, all of Mexico, and the northern tip of South America. Color wash defines areas of political control: Great Britain along the East Coast, France in the Mississippi Valley and Florida, and Spain in Mexico and New Mexico. Essentially a copy of Delisle’s important Carte du Mexique et de la Floride, Lotter’s version abandoned Delisle’s understated style for a more baroque ornamentation that reflects eighteenth-century Germanic taste. Lotter embellished his map with an elaborate vignette of a naval battle in the lower left corner and five inset maps of ports of call in the Caribbean. A superb and beautiful record of colonial aspirations in North America by one of the great cartographers of the eighteenth-century German school.

Refs.: Martin and Martin, Maps of Texas and the Southwest, pp. 93–97, plate 18; Moreland and Bannister, Christie’s Antique Maps, p. 88; Tooley, Mapping of America, pp. 22–23.

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