Graeciae Antiquae Designatio Nova


Seutter’s Enlightenment-era celebration of Ancient Greece, in original colors.

Cartographer(s): Matthäus Seutter
Date: 1740
Place: Nuremberg
Dimensions: 65 x 54 cm (25.6 x 21.3 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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The perfect gift for a history buff, this attractive map depicts ancient Greece, complete with historical place names and regional designations. It was published in Germany in the mid-18th century, and thus what we have here is an Enlightenment-era cartographical treatise looking not at contemporary Greece, but a presentation of the geography and history of Classical Greece.

The most striking feature of the map is undoubtedly the large cartouche at lower left, which has been left uncolored according to the contemporary 18th century German style of map decoration. Around the title itself, we find a fine mix of classical architecture, mythology, and daily life. At bottom, two philosophers are found in mid discussion. To their left is a chariot scene, and to their right is the famous Colossus of Rhodes, the giant statue of the Greek sun-god Helios, standing astride the entrance to the city harbor.


Matthäus Seutter

Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was one of the most important and prolific German map publishers of the 18th century.

Condition Description

Beautiful original color. Wear along the centerfold and in margins.