Borussiae Regnum Complectens Circulos Sambiensem, Natangiensem et Hockerlandiae nec non Borussia Polonica Exhibens Palatinatus Culmiensem, Marienburgensem, Pomerelliae et Varmiae.
1759 (dated) 20 x 23 in (50.8 x 58.42 cm)
A stunning 1759 first edition, first state, map of northern Poland (Borussiae) by the Augsburg cartographer Tobias Conrad Lotter. The map covers from German Pomerania eastward to Lithuania and Belarus and from the Baltic Sea to Torun (Thorn). Includes the major cities of Gdansk (Dantzig), elblag (elbing), Malbork (Marienburg), Lidzbark Warminski (Hielsberg), Koningsberg (modern day Russia), and Chelmno (Culm). Mountains and forests are rendered in profile following the Lotter typical stylistic conventions. An elaborate decorative cartouche bearing numerous allegorical elements fills the Baltic Sea, top center. During the 18th century this area was consolidated into Brandenberg-Prussia by Frederick the Great but were returned to a reconstituted Poland by the Treaty of Versailles following World War II. The presence of the date, 1759, at the base of the title cartouche identifies this as the first edition first state of this map. It was engraved by Tobias Conrad Lotter and printed in Augsburg, Germany.
Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717 - 1777) was a German engraver and map publisher. He married the daughter of prominent map publisher Matthaus Seutter, the Elder. Upon Seutter's retirement Lotter took control of the firm and republished many of his maps with minor updated and changes. In time, Lotter became one of the most prominent mid 18th century map publishers working in the German school. After his death in 1777, the firm was taken over by his son, Mathias Albrecht Lotter who republished and updated many of his father's maps.
Very good. Original centerfold. Platemark visible. Blank on verso.