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Ratisbona (Regensburg)
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, "Ratisbona" measures 12.5" x 15.5" and is in excellent condition with a light pencil marking on the lower right corner. This map of Ratisbona, now called Regensburg, illustrates the Bavarian city in an areal and panoramic view. Regensburg is located on the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. History of the area dates back to the Stone Age. In 179 Romans built a fort on the site of the "Old City" which became an important Roman camp. Regensburg also has a history of governance as it became a free city in 1245, part of the Duchy of Bavaria in 1486 and independent again in 1496 (granted by the Holy Roman Emperor). This map includes a legend that labels numerous important locales within the city including churches, monasteries and other government buildings. As illustrated on the map, the coat of arms of Regensburg is still the double keys crossed.
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