Das druckgraphische Werk Matthäus Merian d.Ä. (German edition)

Bd. 5: America


| Images of America in the 17th Century

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The versatility of Matthäus Merian the Elder, considered to be the most prolific engraver in the German-speaking world of the 17th century, is expressed in his countless smaller works as well as his major book publications. Volume 5 of the collected prints is now dedicated to Merian’s Newe Welt Und Americanische Historien, published together with Johann Ludwig Gottfried in 1631, which continues Theodor De Bry’s travelogue collections. They were to have a lasting influence on the image of America well into the 18th century. The now available, carefully edited and revised fifth volume concludes Lucas Heinrich Wüthrich’s nearly six-decade treatment of the printed works of Matthäus Merian.

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 16.5 x 22.9 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 31 March 2022
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Lucas Heinrich Wüthrich
Dimensions 16.5 x 22.9 cm
Weight 300 g


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A native of the distinguished Merian family of Basel, MATTHÄUS MERIAN D.Ä. (1593-1650) published numerous maps, city views and chronicles as an engraver and publisher. His main work is Topographia Germaniae, which appeared from 1642.

LUCAS HEINRICH WÜTHRICH (*1927) studied history and art history in Basel, Paris and Berlin. For three decades he conducted teaching and research at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, focusing on questions of cultural history and ancient art in Switzerland.