Tobias C. Lotter: Atlas Geographicus Portatilis. XXIX. mappis orbis habitabilis regna exhibens, [Augsburg:] Tobias Lobeck [c. 1750]
Signature: Zh 300-3500 raro I
Figures: Title page; Frontispiece; Map XXIII; Map XXVII
This finely colored portable atlas is more often found in its original horizontal binding that does not make maps fold in the middle. It was created by the two Tobiases who collaborated in 18th century Augsburg: an engraver Tobias Lobeck, about whom not much is known, and Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717–1777), one of the most prominent German map publishers of his time. Lotter inherited the business from his wife’s father. The edition begins with the entire world but goes on to focus mainly on Europe. The rococo frontispiece invented by famous illustrator Gottfried Eichler Jr. (1715–1770) depicts Mount Parnassus, mythically associated with Apollo and his temple surrounded by the nine muses. At the foot of the mountain, scholars are seen taking geographical measurements with an obelisk in the background appearing as a gnomon, symbolizing the astronomical accuracy of their measurements.
Map XXIII shows the territories of modern Ukraine as part of the Kingdom of Poland and the Duchy of Lithuania. The name of the land, Ukrania, is placed between Volhynia in the north and Podolia in the south, Red Russia in the west and Moscovia in the east. Two crossed swords and the date 1709 indicate the place of the Battle of Poltava. [DO]