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America by M. Merian.

Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650)

Matthäus Merian, the leading German illustrator of the 17th century, was born in Basel in 1593. He learned the art of copperplate engraving in Zurich and subsequently worked and studied in Strasbourg, Nancy, Paris, and the Low Countries. In 1618 he went to Frankfurt, wherein 1618 he marries the eldest daughter of J.T. de Bry, publisher and engraver. After de Bry died in 1623, he took over his business. De Bry’s business remained in Merian’s family until 1726 when a fire destroyed it. In 1635 he began the series Theatrum Europaeum, and between 1642 and 1688 he published Martin Zeiller’s Topographia Germaniae, with more than 2,000 plates etched and engraved by himself and his sons Matthäus and Caspar. He also took over and completed the later parts and editions of the Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages originally started by de Bry in 1590. Matthäus Merian died after in 1650 in Bad Schwalbach near Wiesbaden.

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America noviter delineata., 1631.

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Item Number:  1661
Category:  Antique maps > America > The Americas
References: Burden - 235, Tooley (America) - p.299, Wagner - 329

Old map of America with polar region insets, by Matheus Merian.

Date of the first edition: 1631
Date of this map: 1631

Copper engraving
Size (not including margins): 35.5 x 45cm (13.8 x 17.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Folded as issued, strong impression, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Burden, 235.

From: Newe Welt und Americanische Historien. Frankfurt, 1631.

The Newe Welt ... by Johann Ludwig Gottfried was a compilation of the various voyages published by Theodore de Bry. The printer, Matheus Merian, was the latter's son-in-law, and able to contribute a number of the old de Bry Plates. Accompanying it was this map of America derived from that by Jodocus Hondius, 1618, but lacking the decorative borders.

Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650)

Matthäus Merian, the leading German illustrator of the 17th century, was born in Basel in 1593. He learned the art of copperplate engraving in Zurich and subsequently worked and studied in Strasbourg, Nancy, Paris, and the Low Countries. In 1618 he went to Frankfurt, wherein 1618 he marries the eldest daughter of J.T. de Bry, publisher and engraver. After de Bry died in 1623, he took over his business. De Bry’s business remained in Merian’s family until 1726 when a fire destroyed it. In 1635 he began the series Theatrum Europaeum, and between 1642 and 1688 he published Martin Zeiller’s Topographia Germaniae, with more than 2,000 plates etched and engraved by himself and his sons Matthäus and Caspar. He also took over and completed the later parts and editions of the Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages originally started by de Bry in 1590. Matthäus Merian died after in 1650 in Bad Schwalbach near Wiesbaden.

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