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Name Merian, Matthaus
Other names Matthaus Merian the Elder
Life Dates 1593-1650
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Cartographer, Publisher, Engraver
Notes After Merian's death his sons Matthaus (the Younger) and Caspar continued the family publishing business under the name Merian Erben (Merian Heirs).
Role Cartographer

Associated Records

Image of Map Collection - 2014.17.44

Map Collection - 2014.17.44

"Moravia Marchionatus," Frankfurt, 1650, engraving, map by Matthaus Merian A small but detailed map of the ancient region of Moravia in the Czech Republic, centered on the city of Olomouc (Olmutz), based on the earlier map of Johann Amos Comenio.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.78

"Vienna Austriae," Frankfurt, c. 1649, engraving, map by Matthaus Merian Bird's-eye view of the walled city of Vienna. The Danube River is in the foreground, and the whole scene is bustling with human activity, from boats in the river to horse-drawn carriages to farmers tending their oxen. A key at the bottom identifies 42 individual sites throughout the city. This highly detailed view was originally published in Topographia Provinciarum Austriacarum, Merian's monumental work on the topography of Austria and northern Italy.

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Map Collection - 2014.17.83

"Sempach WITH Sursee," Frankfurt am Main, 1654, engraving, map by Matthaus Merian Two views of Switzerland on one sheet. The upper panel shows a panorama of Lake Sempach in the Swiss canton of Lucerne. The lower panel is a birds-eye-view of the city of Sursee, located at the northern end of Lake Sempach. These views originally appeared in the Topographia Helvetiae, which was the first part of an extensive general topography of Germany. The author Matthaus Merian was a notable Swiss engraver who learned copperplate engraving in Zurich, later studying the craft in such cities as Strasbourg, Nancy and Paris. He returned to Basel in 1615, moving to Frankfurt 1616. There he worked for Johann Th

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Map Collection - 2014.17.87

"Klingnaw/Leuggeren, Iohaniter haus/Monast. B. Mariae Maristellae alias Wettingen/Der mitlere Lauffen oder fall des Rheins, zhichen Zurzach und Coblentz (Klingnau, Leuggern, Wettingen Abbey, Switzerland)," Frankfurt, 1680, engraving, map by Matthaus Merian Illustrated on this engraving are locations throughout Switzerland and Germany. The top left box is a view of Klingnau, Switzerland, which has a long history and was granted town rights in 1314. The legend for the view notes churches, important buildings and the "suburbs" (A). The city of Leuggern is illustrated in the second box, with its roots traced back to the early 13th century. This small view shows a church and other town buildin