The map of the Black Sea and adjacent territories

    The map of the Black Sea and adjacent territories

    Germany, Augsburg

    circa 1730

    Mapmaker and editor: George Matthaus Seutter

    Paper; etching, cutting, watercolours

    48.7 х 57 cm (size of the sheet)


    The horizontal sheet shows the map of the Black Sea with surrounding the basin adjacent territories of the Ukraine, Russia, the Crimea, the North-West Caucuses, Abkhazia, Abaza, Mingrelia, Imeretia, lands of Zaporozhean and Don Cossacks, Ochakov and Circassian Tatars. The cities and communities are indicated, among them: Poltava, Bendery, Iasi, Saratov, Tsaritsyn, Izyum, Bakhmut, Bakhchisaray, Manguf, Kafa, Kerch, Kozlov, Taman, Temryuk, Kuban, Azov. The fortified borderlines in the territories of Don and Zaporozhean Cossacks are indicated.

    Various names of the Black Sea in Latin that were commonly used by different nations are listed in the center.

    An inscription in Latin in the cartouche is on the bottom right edge: "Nova et Accurata Tartariae Europae seu Minoris et in Specie Crimea Deliniato Geographica, cum omnibus circa Pontum Euxinum et Plaudem Maeotidem Jacentibus Provinciis, manu et sumtibus Matthaei Seutteri, Cathol. Reg. Majest. Georg. Augustae Vindelicor". The cartouche is surrounded by an allegoric depiction of struggle between Europe and Turkey.

    Scale: German miles and Galllic (French) leagues. The subscriptions and inscriptions are in Latin.


    G.M. Seitter (1678-1757), the major German engraver and map-maker, the founder of the mapmaking school in Augsburg, used the maps of J.B. Homann issued in the 17th century and old Dutch maps as sources for his maps. G.M. Seitter was one of the first map-makers in Europe to copy the Russian maps.