Mapmakers of the Historic
Lithuanian Area:
The founder of the French school of cartography (and of a mapmaking family) was a prolific
mapmaker, producing over 300 maps during his career. Originally a military engineer, he turned
to cartography with the encouragement of publisher
Melchior Tavernier, who was impressed
with Sanson's map of ancient Gaul, as was Cardinal Richelieu in 1627. Nicholas wound up giving
lessons in geography both to Louis XIII and  to Louis XIV. When Louis XIII, it is said, came to
Abbeville, he preferred to be the guest of Sanson instead of occupying lodgings provided by the
town. At the end of one visit the king made Sanson a counselor of state.  In 1643 Sanson began
publishing his own maps, and later worked with the publisher Pierre Mariette. His 1658 "Cartes
Generales de toutes les parties du monde" had 113 maps compiled by Sanson and engraved/
printed by Pierre Mariette, each having half the copyrights, with separate imprints on the maps.
The 1665 edition had 166 maps, the 1666 181, and the 1667 edition had 200 -- including 17 maps
by Nicholas' son Guillaume.
Sanson, Nicholas [I], [Sanson d'Abbeville]: 1600 - 1667. Worked
originally in Abbeville, then in Paris
Sanson, Nicholas [II]: 1625 - 1648
Son of Nicholas I, and his intended heir -- prevented by Nicholas II's death from gunshot wounds. Three known works, the most
notable of which was "L'Europe..." a  c1648 12-map compilation, engravings by A. Peyrounin, republished by Mariette in 1660,
and 1665; augmented with 40 additional maps -- and engraved by A.B. de la Place -- by Pierre Moullart-Sanson in   1697; other
editions were published in Frankfurt in 1679, and a Dutch edition in 1683.
Sanson, Guillaume: 1633 - 1703
Younger brother of Nicholas II, who, after Nicholas' II's death, succeeded to the family business with his younger brother
Adrien (1639-1718). After disagreements with Pierre Mariette II c1673, began working with
Alexis-Hubert Jaillot. The   
two brothers -- who collaborated until 1689 -- updated and reworked their father's maps, and produced several new maps    
and atlases, most notably the "Atlas Nouveau," begun in 1670 and published in 1681.
Sanson, Pierre Moullart (Moulard): d. 1730
Son of Francoise Sanson -- the third child of Nicholas I -- and
Pierre Moulart. Appointed "Geographe du Roy" in 1695 -- the  
third in the   family to hold the title, after Nicholas I and
Guillaume. In 1692 he bought the remainder of the plates
from his    uncles Guillaume and Adrien, and republished them
in an atlas, incorporating some of his own work to replace the
plates lost to Mariette. He was succeeded by three friends,    
the lawyer Jean Fremand, the priest Jacques-Simon Perrier,
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy, who later bought the
remaining plates from Mariette.
Strubicz (Strobicz), Maciej: c1520 - c1604
Silesian (Polish) historian and Royal; Geographer to King Stefan Batory. He prepared Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae, Livoniae et
Moscoviae descripto," his only surviving map, drawn c1581, published 1589 (by M. Kromer, in "Polonia sive in situ...").  A
later, improved, version was used by Mercator in 1595. Details from:  
Polish Museum
"Prince Michał Radziwiłł "the Orphan", son of Mikołaj "the Black," was voivode of Troki and Vilnius. Around 1585, he    
began co-ordination of the work on a Grand Map of the Duchy of Lithuania...Among others, he hired the King Stefan   
Batory’s  cartographer Maciej Strubicz the Silesian, or "Slązak." Earlier, Strubicz began work on editing and re-working
maps of the territories subject to the King of Poland, particularly the map of Lithuania. A Mercator map, the best available
presentation of Lithuania and Livonia at that time, was not satisfactory. The amount and quality of the data on that part    
of the Kingdom required devotion to the work on that map exclusively, which was Strubicz's intention. Correspondence
between Strubicz and Chancellor Jan Zamoyski, in which the cartographer asks Zamoyski for support in obtaining from   
the King materials relating to the Duchy of Lithuania, proves that the work on the maps was well advanced in 1579: "I am
positive that there exists a more reliable and precise description of those Lithuanian Lands, made in the times of war,
without which I started my work, but am not able to complete it, I would be much obliged to Your Excellency for Your
support to my earlier pledge to His Majesty the King, to lend me for a short time such description of the Grand Duchy of

Strubicz's own descriptions of Lithuania did not meet his requirements as materials for the new map. Such was probably  
also the case with the map for which he was asking, as in all likelihood it was the work by Stanisław Pachłowiecki,
engraved in Rome, and made on the basis of data and materials collected during the Polock military campaign. Although
being the first example of military cartography in Poland, the map did not meet Strubicz's expectations. Therefore, the
cartographer finally decided to work in co-operation with Mikołaj Krzysztof Radziwiłł, hoping that the latter's energy and
spirit of enterprise may lead to the publication of a highly accurate map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as planned. As    
the starting point for research, Strubicz began collecting his own earlier works which he has been drawing since his
appointment to the Royal Chancellery in 1559. Diligent and precise as he was, Strubicz probably was not the sole author     
of the map; it must have been a result of team work.…Judging by surprisingly precise location of places where Jesuit
colleges were, it seems that members of that order were involved in the work. Radziwiłł maintained close relations with    
the Society of Jesus, and even built a college for Jesuits in his hometown Nies'wież. The sciences were held in great esteem
among members of that order, so in all probability, many measurements were made with state-of-the-art instruments and
based on mathematical and astronomical calculations. It is known that the outstanding Jesuit mathematician, Englishman
Jacob Bosgrave, was visiting Lithuania at the time when the map was created; some sources say that he was the founder  
of the mathematical department of Vilnius Academy. It seems therefore probable that Bosgrave contributed to the work    
of the editorial team, which was perhaps headed by the Prince himself. Bosgrave could have commissioned some work   
with his students at the mathematical department, as he was very complimentary about them in his letters to General of  
the order Claudius Aquaviva.

An analysis of Radziwiłł's correspondence allows the assumption that the Prince sought assistance in the work on the map
with Lithuanian, Belorussian and perhaps even Ukrainian magnates, and also with personalities at the Court. This clever
strategy allowed the enterprising Prince to make use of various influences and support to execute his ambitious task in
minute detail. One of such mighty assistants could have been voivode of Kiev, prince Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, to whom
Radziwiłł wrote in order to collect data on the lower course of the Dnieper."
Draftsman, editor, who may have worked in Naples and Venice. He completed a
manuscript edition of
Ptolemy's "Liber geographiae cum tabulis et universalis figure"
("Geographics") (27 maps on vellum) c1490, and edited another edition, published in
Venice, 1511: the title and headlines were printed in red, the text And 28 woodcut maps
were printed in red and black -- the first Venetian Ptolemy, called a pioneering
achievement not only in terms of the history of bookmaking and printing, but also for the
presentation of new geographical information. Sylvanus amended Ptolemy's maps to take
account of modern discoveries, and in printing the major place-names in red provided the
earliest example in Atlas production of two-colour printing. The large cordiform
(heart-shaped) map of the 'modern' world is the earliest of its kind, and only the second
map in an edition of Ptolemy to show America; it is also the first western printed map to
indicate Japan. By challenging and tentatively correcting the Ptolemaic view of the Old
World, Sylvanus established a new freedom for his contemporaries to deviate from the
classical Ptolemaic world-view.
Sylvanus (Silvanus, Sylvano), Bernardo (Bernardus, Bernardi
: born Eboli, Italy
1511 Bernardus Sylvanus: "World," in
cordiform projection.
(See a detail
image of Europe on the "1500 - 1575
Lithuanian Area Maps" page.)
Speed, John: c1552 - 1629; born Frandon, Cheshire; died London
Renowned historian and mapmaker, known primarily for his "Historie of Great Britaine," for  which he compiled an atlas with
county maps and inset plans of English towns. But his "A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World," published by
George Humble in 1627, was thought to be the first printed general atlas of the world published in Great Britain, and was
reissued under a variety of publishers until 1676
Seutter, Matthäus (The Elder): 1678–1757, born and died in Augsburg,
Seutter left Augsburg in 1697 to apprentice as an engraver with J.B. Homann in Nuremberg. In 1707 he
left to start his own map publishing firm back in Augsburg, a firm which became a  major competitor to
Homann's. In 1727 he was given, by German Emperor Charles VI, the title of “Imperial Geographer,” and
the notation "...Cum Gratia et Priv..." began appearing under the top left frame line of his  map
Novissima et accuratissima Magni Ducatus Lithuaniӕ..." Seutter continued to publish until his
death, at the height of his career, in 1757. The firm continued until his son Albrecht Carl died in 1762.
Then half of the firm's plates and maps were purchased by Johann Michael Probst's Augsburg engraving
firm. Soon the
"...Magni Ducatus..." map began appearing with the added notation "...Iohan Michael
Probst..." under the top left frame line. The other half of Seutter's plates and maps went to engraver
Tobias Conrad Lotter, Seutter’s son-in-law. Most of Seutter’s maps, it is said, were copies of earlier work
done by the Homann, Delisle and de Fer firms – only about 40 were based on  original work.
States of "Estats de la Couronne de POLOGNE.."
then "Tabula nova totius REGNI POLONIÆ..."
1655 Sanson
1st state
4th State
Sanson Retro
Stridbeck, Johan I (the Elder) 1640 - 1716, born Hamburg, died Augsburg; and II (the
) 1666 - 1714:
Father and son mapmakers/editors/engravers/publishers of Augsburg. Their key map for this site: "Compendiosa   
POLONIÆ Repræsentatio...," from their "Provinciarum Polonia Geog. Descriptio," Augsburg, printed by J. Koppmeyer. It was
supposedly the first atlas of Poland in small format. They also did map engraving for Augsburg publisher
Gabriel Bodenehr,
and when, first, the son died,  and then the father two years later, in 1716, the Stridbeck plates were purchased by Bodenehr,
who replaced the Stridbeck name under the left lower margin with his own. Bodenehr also changed the  title of the plate in
some editions. On Bodenehr's death, the Stridbeck plates passed on to
Georg Christophe Kilian (1709 - 1780), another
Augsburg engraver/publisher, who, in a number of atlases, including his "Kleiner Atlas" of 1757, retained the Bodenehr title in
the cartouche, but removed Bodenehr's name from under the left margin, and replaced it with his own.
1700 Stridbeck:
1716 Stridbeck -
Bodenehr: "Compendiosa
1716 Stridbeck -
Vorstellung  derer
Königreiche Polen
und Preussen mit
deren incorpoierten
1757 Stridbeck -
Bodenehr - Kilian:
Vorstellung derer
Königreiche Polen und
Preussen mit deren
incorpoierten Landen"
3rd State
6th State
1663 [dated]
Sanson 2nd State
1703 [dated]
Sanson 5th State