Matthaeus Merian

Matthaeus Merian

Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century


1638 - Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Joannis Imperium

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Striking map of the Kingdom of Prester John, reduced from Blaeu's map. The map is embellished with elephants, monkeys, ostriches, etc., and includes a decorative title cartouche.


1655 - Das Norder Theil Des Lands Brasilien. . .

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Engraved folding map, with an inset map of the Brazilian coast at the top, and a naval battle around Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil, at the bottom. This map comes from a later abridgment of De Bry's "Grand Voyages." Johann Ludwig Gottfried (c. 1584 -...


1655 - Hoornse Insel. Insula Horn.

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Scarce map of the bay and coast of the South Seas island of Futuna (Hoorn), from the voyage of Le Maire and Schouten. The bay shown was named after the ship Eendrachts (Unity Bay). Willem Cornelisz Schouten (1567-1625) was a navigator for the Dutch...


1640 - London

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An Early Birdseye View of London A striking panoramic view of the London before the fire, with a key noting 43 places within the City. The view extends from the King's Palace at Whitehall to the Tower of London and St. Katherine's Church in the east....


1640 - Karstia, Carniola Histria et Windorum Marchia . . .

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Detailed regional map of the Gulf of Venice and Gulf of Trieste regions, including Friuli and Istria. Includes Slovenia, northwestern Croatia and parts of Italy and Austria. The map is based upon earlier maps by Gerard Mercator and Guillaume Blaeu.


1638 - [Pozzuoli / Bay of Naples]

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Striking map of the area around Pozzuoli and the northwestern part of the Bay of Naples. Includes a key identifying 42 place names.


1638 - [Naples] Neapolis

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Decorative view of Naples, with a key identifying 30 important landmarks.


1640 - Sicilia Regnum

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Decorative antique engraved map of Sicily, including two large coats of arms, title cartouche, 3 sailing ships, and a sea monster. The map is based upon Willem Blaeu's map of Sicily and was published in Frankfurt in 1640 by Matthias Merian.