Matthäus Seutter, born on September 20, 1678, in Augsburg, Germany, was a renowned map publisher of the 18th century. He began his career as an apprentice brewer but later moved to Nuremberg to apprentice as an engraver under J. B. Homann. In the early 18th century, Seutter established his own independent cartographic publishing firm in Augsburg. Despite initial struggles, his engraving skill and commitment to diversified map production eventually gained him a substantial following. Most of his maps were heavily based upon, if not copies of, earlier work done by the Homann and Delisle firms. In 1732, he was honored by the German Emperor Charles VI with the title of "Imperial Geographer". Seutter continued to publish until his death in 1757. The Seutter firm continued under his son Albrecht Carl until his death in 1762. Following Albrecht's death, the firm was divided between the established Probst firm and the emerging firm of Tobias Conrad Lotter, Seutter's son-in-law, who would eventually become one of the most prominent cartographers of his day. Seutter's cultural impact is significant as his work contributed to the advancement of cartography during the 18th century.