MERIAN, Matthaeus (1593-1650) and Martin ZEILER (1589-1661). Topographia Electorat Brandenburgici et Ducatus Pomeraniae; das ist Beschreibung der Vornembsten vnd bekantisten Statte vnd Platz in dem hochloblichsten Churfurstenthum und March Brandenburg, und dem Hertzogtum Pommeren, zu sampt einem doppelten Anhang: 1. Vom Lande Preussen vnnd Pomerellen, 2. Von Lifflande unnd selbige beruffenisten Orten. Frankfurt: Matthaeus Merian, .
Folio (13 x 8 inches). Engraved allegorical title-page by Melchior Kusell after Merian, 3 sectional title-pages. 3 double-page engraved maps, 2 panoramas, 43 double-page and or folding plates of views and plans, 10 full-page and or folding plates of views and plans. Contemporary sheep, the spine in seven compartments with six raised bands, morocco lettering-piece in one, the others decorated with small gilt tools (some surface abrasions).
Provenance: with the near contemporary ownership inscription of Julius Hoerle on the title-page
An unusually attractive copy of this book. Part of Merian and Zeiller's "Topographiae Germaniae" series (16 volumes 1641-1654).
Born in Basel, Switzerland and a pupil of Jacob van der Heyden, Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, married de Bry's daughter Maria Magdalena. He became one of the most prominent members of the publishing family, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and achieved 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-in-law Christoph Le Blon and Melchior Kusel. Catalogued by Kate Hunter