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Merian Matthäus ( 1593 - 1650 ) Frankfurt a.M.
Nigritarum regio
Artist: Merian Matthäus ( - 1650 ) Frankfurt aM; issued in: Frankfurt on Main; date: ca 1670, 1593. technic: Copper print; colorit: original colored; - condition: Very good; - size (in cm): 26 x 36; - description: Map shows middle and west Africa with splendourful cartouche with elephants and mile pointer with a lion and animals of the sea; - vita of the artist: Matthäus Merian (1593 ? 1650) , born in Basel, learned the art of copperplate engraving in Zurich and subsequently worked and studied in Strasbourg, Nancy, and Paris, before returning to Basel in 1615. The following year he moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he worked for the publisher Johann Theodor de Bry. He married his daughter, Maria Magdalena 1617. In 1620 they moved back to Basel, only to return three years later to Frankfurt, where Merian took over the publishing house of his father-in-law after de Bry's death in 1623. In 1626 he became a citizen of Frankfurt and could henceforth work as an independent publisher. He is the father of Maria Sibylla Merian, who later published her the famous and wellknown studies of flowers, insects and butterflies.
Bookseller: Antique Sommer& Sapunaru KG [München, Germany]
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