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Tobias Conrad Lotter: Imperium Russicum Omnisque Tartaria

Map: RUS2621
Cartographer: Tobias Conrad Lotter
Title: Imperium Russicum Omnisque Tartaria
Date: c. 1755
Published: Augsburg
Width: 5 inches / 13 cm
Height: 4 inches / 11 cm
Map ref: RUS2621
Miniature map focusing on Siberia, eastern Asia together with Japan and Korea. Sakhalin Island and the Kamchatka Peninsula are also shown.

Tobias Conrad Lotter married Matthias Seutter's eldest daughter and rapidly became involved in the family map publishing firm. He engraved many of Seutter's later maps and expanded the scope of the business. He issued several atlases of a reduced size appealing to a wider audience due to their lesser cost and necessity for space.

Fundamentally the maps are reduced versions of Seutter’s majestic folio maps; however, the smallest version, the “Atlas Geographicus Portatilis” lacks the large, monumental, illustrated cartouches for which the Seutter and Lotter firm were particularly notable. Their size prohibits their inclusion. That omission aside, the engraving and colouring styles closely resemble Seutter’s larger maps.

The lower left margin of the map bears the imprint of Lotter’s artist and long term collaborator, Tobias Lobeck while Lotter credits himself as the engraver on the lower right.

Original hand colour. [RUS2621]