Le Cours Entier du Grand et Fameux Nil.
Augsburg, Lotter, [c.1740]. Original hand coloured engraving. Plate Size: 59.8 cm x 48.4 cm. Sheet Size: 65.4 cm x 53.6 cm. Original map. In very good condition. Partially coloured. Repaired tear to left edge of sheet. Minor tear to foot of sheet outside border. Central vertical fold as issued. Map is orientated to the north.
Hand-coloured border. Decorative title cartouche in top left corner. Ornamental orientation symbol with scale in top right of map. Nile river runs the length of the map, with its source posited among the lakes and mountains of ‘Abissine Ethiopie.’ Regions are delineated with a colour scheme: red for ‘Egipte’; yellow for ‘Royaume Etats de Nubie ou Pays de Sonnars ou de Sennar’; and green for ‘Abissine Ethiopie’. Towns are identifiable as are the major thoroughfares. ‘Terre Sainte’ (Holy Land) Jerusalem, Medine and Mecca are all depicted. Pyramids are depicted as tall triangles. Mountains are engraved across the map. Inset map (34 cm x 19 cm) of ‘L’Egipte Moderne Selonlers dernieres Relations et Suivant les Memoires des Missions.’ Lower section of verso sheet carries inset box with explanatory annotations titled ‘Le Cours Du Nil’ near centre fold.
Tobias Lotter (1717-1777) was an engraver and publisher who married into the long-established and respected map-making firm of Seutter of Vienna and Augsburg.