MERIAN, Matthaeus (1593-1650) and Martin ZEILER (1589-1661). Theatri Europaei Sechster und letzter Theil Das ist Außführliche Beschreibung der Denckwürdigsten Geschichten so sich hin und wieder durch Europam, als in Hoch und NiederTeutschland Franckreich Hispanien Italien GroßBritannien Dennemärck Schweden Polen Moscau Schlesien Böhmen Ober und NiederOesterreich Hungarn Siebenbürgen Wallachey Moldau Türckey und Barbarien so wohl im Weltlichen Regiment als KriegsWesen; Bevorab bey denen zwischen mehrentheils kriegenden Partheyen nach Münster und Oßnabrück angesetzten ... General FriedensTractaten vom Jahr Christi 1647. biß 1651. allerseits begeben und zugetragen. Frankfurt: Matthias Merian, 1652.
Folio (13 x 8 inches). Additional engraved title-page (laid down), letterpress title-page with woodcut printer's device, engraved arms of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden, large folding map of Crete and 10 other folding maps, 27 double-page maps, 145 full-page and vignette portraits of kings, queens, and heads of state (text leaves browned, one or two short marginal tears and repairs). Contemporary German paneled pigskin over beveled boards, one of two pairs of clasps and catches remaining (scuffed and stained).
Published in the aftermath of The Thirty Years War (1618–1648), which when it ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, had completely redrawn the map of Europe, seeing the rise of centralised nation states, the decline of Spanish power and the rise of French hegemony.
Merian's extraordinary town books of Europe cover "cover events in Europe over a complete century between 1617 and 1718, comprising more than 20,000 pages of text, approximately 720 maps, plans, views and other prints and nearly 700 portraits. Many items reflect sieges and military actions during, first, the Thirty Years' War, then the several campaigns against the Turks in Hungary and eastern Europe and then the War of the Spanish Succession, as well as other European conflicts in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Matthaus Merian the Elder... contributed many engravings until his death in 1650, some being repeated from his various national topographical works. He was followed by his son Matthaeus the Younger and another son, Caspar Merian. These two sons died in 1687 and 1686 respectively and subsequently the work was continued by their heirs..." (Shirley page 1590-1591). Catalogued by Kate Hunter