Pfaffenhofen/Schrobenhausen

Matthaus Merian

Published by Frankfurt, 1680
Condition: Near Fine No Binding
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Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Germaniae” was published around 1680 in partnership with Zeiller Martin who wrote the text. “Topographia Germaniae” was one of the larges and most comprehensive publishing’s of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, Topographia Germaniae is comprised of 30 volumes with more than 2,000 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This engraving, "Pfaffenhofen/Schrobenhausen" measures 12.5" x 14.5" and is in excellent condition with few light foxing marks throughout, am ink marking on the back of the top left corner and pencil marking on the bottom right corner. This engraving shows views of two towns in Upper Bavaria (each in districts with the same name): Pfaffenhofen and Schrobenhausen. The town of Pfaffenhofen is well detailed and shows the walls of the city and churches and other buildings rising above in the background. Schrobenhausen is illustrated on an angle with the walled down divided from a residential area by the Paar River. This engraving is well detailed in portraying these closely situated cities. Bookseller Inventory # gp1920e

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Title: Pfaffenhofen/Schrobenhausen

Publisher: Frankfurt

Publication Date: 1680

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

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