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Matthaus Merian

Matthaus 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



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1638 - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula

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Matthaus Merian's edition of Blaeu's famous map of the World on Mercator's Projection. The map shows an elongated Northwest coastline culminating in a narrow strait (Anian) between Asia and America. California and the Sierra Nevadas are prominently...


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1638 - Angrae Urbis Tercerae Quae Insularum Quas Azores Vocant Maxima et Copioso Grlasti Proventu Ditissa Accurata Cum Arce Delineatio

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Fine birds-eye view of the island of Terceira and the town of Angra, based upon Baptista van Deutecum's view of the Island, which appeared in LInschoten's Itinerario. Linschoten's view of Terceira in the Azores is one of the most decorative and...


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1640 - Angrae Urbis Tercerae Quae Insularum Quas Azores Vocant Maxima et Copioso Grlasti Proventu Ditissa Accurata Cum Arce Delineatio

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Fine birds-eye view of the island of Terceira and the town of Angra, based upon Baptista van Deutecum's view of the Island, which appeared in Linschoten's Itinerario. Linschoten's view of Terceira in the Azores is one of the most decorative and...


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1655 - Callao / Lima

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Rare early map of the area around Lima in Peru, with a large inset map of Insula de Pescadores.


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1655 - I la Moche (Mocha Island)

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Theodore De Bry's edition of this early view of settlement on the Island of Mocha in Chile, including an indigenous chiliquenes (Llama), copied from Olivier Van Noort's expedition narrative. The island was historically inhabited by an indigenous...


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1635 - (Bahia De Todos Sanctos) Sinus Omnium Sanctoru.

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Engraved map of the Bahia De Todos Sanctos in Brazil, published by Matthias Merian in Frankfurt in 1635. The map shows the Bahia De Todos Sanctos with many settlements surrounding it. In the lower-left corner is an inset plan of São Salvador da Bahia...


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1639 - Abbildung der Statt und Vestung Parayba in der Landschaft Brasilia

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Nice full color example of Merian's scare regional map of the area around Paraiba, Brazil, with a larger regional map showing the Captaincy of Brasilia.


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1640 - Europa Nova Delineatio

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Decorative map of Europe, published by Marian. The map is based upon an earlier map by Willem Blaeu. Includes sailings ships and a sea monster.


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1636 - Belgii Sive Germania Inferioris Neder=Teutschlandt

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Gorgeous full color example of Merian's map of the Low Countries. Includes an ornate cartouche, compass rose and 17 coats of arms.


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1638 - Enchkhuysen

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Detailed view of the city of Enckhuysen, from Merian's Neuwe Archontologica Cosmica . . ., published in 1638. Shows town plan, buildings, churches, bridges, fortified walls of the city, etc. Large coat of arms, ships in the harbor and a barge, with...


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1638 - Antverpia

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A detailed town plan of Antwerp, showing fortified walls, city gates, the inner ring of the city, important public buildings, squares, and more. A key names thirty-two important places in the city. The coat of arms in the upper left shows the symbol of...


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1640 - Geneve. Genff

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Decorative plan of Geneva, Switzerland and the Rosne River, including the entrance to Lake Geneva, published by Merian. Includes a decorative coat of arms.


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1645 - Berna | Bern Die Hauptstatt in Nüchtland : ward erbawen durch Berchtoldum den V. Hertzogen zu Zäringen Ao. 1191 und Befreyet von den Keyseren Henrico dem VI. und Friderico dem II. Kam in den Eydgenössichen Bundt Anno 1353

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Fine early view of Bern, Switerlands, on the Aare River, engraved by Joseph Plep for Matthaus Merian the elder. The map shows a detailed treatment of the city, its main bridge and fortified walls at the west end of the town. Decorative cartouche shows...


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1636 - Gallia. Le Royaume De France. . .

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A striking full-color example of Merian's decorative map of France. The map includes a large cartouche, compass rose, and four coats of arms. The map is extensively and accurately detailed, typical of Merian's maps. Parts of adjoining countries are...


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1638 - Reims En Champagne

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Striking birdseye view of Reims in Champagne, from Merian's Neuwe Archontologica Cosmica . . ., published in 1638. Shows detailed town plan,Vesle River, Iausa River, fortified walls, Kremlin, public buildings, churches, bridges, etc. Includes the...


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1638 - La Rochelle

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Striking birdseye view of La Rochelle, from Merian's Neuwe Archontologica Cosmica . . ., published in 1638. Shows the harbor, ships, detailed town plan, fortified walls, churches, bridges, and the neighboring region. Gorgeous elaborate coat of arms,...