Marvellous large birdeye view of Hechingen with the Castle Hohenzollen and it surrounding villages by M. Merian. One of the most beautiful and famous engraving of South German landscape by Merian. With the Hohenzollern coar-of-arms and a caption from A to R. From the 1643 edition of "Topographia Sveviae" by Matthaeus Merian printed and published in Frankfurt. The cityviews of Merian are important historical sources since it shows the cities just before the Thirty Years' War.
Matthäus Merian the Elder was born September 22nd, 1593 in Basel. He studied drawing and copper engraving from the engraver Friedrich Meyer in Zurich. 1619 he went to Frankfurt where he worked for the publisher Johann Theodor de Bry, whose daughter he married. He took over and completed the editions of Grand Voyages and Petit Voyages which de Bry started in 1590. Together with Martin Zeiller he produced the popular series of Topographia with total 21 volumes. The work was continued by his sons Matthäus the Younger and Caspar. Merian died June 19th, 1650 in Bad Schwalbach.
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Matthäus Merian: Illustrissimo Principi ac domino Philippo Comitiin Hohenzollern, domino in Sigmaring: Vering : et Schwabeg ....
Antique town view of Hohenzollern, Hechingen, Baden-Wurttemberg. Printed in Frankfurt by M. Merian in 1643.
Germany - Merian, Matthäus - Illustrissimo Principi ac domino Philippo...