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Collection Map Collection
Catalog Number 2014.17.83
Object Name Map
Description "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 Theodor de Bry, the celebrated publisher whose daughter, Maria Magdelana, he married in 1617.
Title Sempach WITH Sursee
Date 1654
Role of Creator Cartographer
Creator Merian, Matthaus
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique copperplate engraving
Dimensions H-12.125 W-14.75 inches
Credit line Gift of Jeffery M. Leving, Founder, Fathers’ Rights
Subjects Switzerland
Lake Sempach