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Merian Matthäus; J.L. Gottfried Cyprus. "Cyprus insula" Frankfurt J.L. Gottfried ( J.P.Avelin) 1638,1696
Copper engraved map of Cyprus by Matthaus Merian from J.L. Gottfried's " Nieuwe Archontoligica cosmica". Black & white; verso blank.
The map is a reduced version of the map by Blaeu, the only diference being the size and that there are no ships to the sea. decorative title cartouche of Aphrodite; coats of arms on shields. Dark impression; slight off setting; second fold; printers creases, most noticeable to both lower side margins.

Matthäus Merian der Ältere (or "Matthew", "the Elder", or "Sr."; 1593 – 1650)

Born in Basel, Merian learned the art of copperplate engraving in Zürich. He next 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, who was the son of renowned engraver and traveler Theodor de Bry.

In 1617, Merian married Maria Magdalena de Bry, daughter of the publisher, and was for a time associated with the de Bry publishing house. In 1620 they moved back to Basel, but three years later returned to Frankfurt. In 1623 Merian took over the publishing house of his father-in-law after de Bry's death. In 1626 he became a citizen of Frankfurt and could henceforth work as an independent publisher. He spent most of his working life in Frankfurt.
With Martin Zeiler (1589 - 1661), a German geographer, and later (circa 1640) with his own son, Matthäus Merian (der Jüngere, i.e. "the Younger" or "Jr.") (1621 - 1687), he produced a series of Topographia. The 21-volume set was collectively known as the Topographia Germaniae. It includes numerous town plans and views, as well as maps of most countries and a World Map—it was such a popular work that it was re-issued in many editions. He also took over and completed the later parts and editions of the Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages, originally started by de Bry in 1590.
After his death, his sons Matthäus Jr. and Caspar took over the publishing house. They continued publishing the Topographia Germaniae and the Theatrum Europaeum under the name Merian Erben (i.e. Merian Heirs)
Zacharakis:2298/1515 293 by 385mm (11½ by 15¼ inches).   ref: 2651  €850

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