"Wahrhaffte Contrafactur der Weit Berühmbten königlichen Haupt Statt Prag in Böhmen"

Striking panoramic view of Prague, published by Matthaus Merian, circa 1650.

Fine view of Prague, showing both sides of the Vlatava River, likely drawn from the view of Wenceslaus Hollar. Includes the coat of arms of the town of Hradcany, Lesser Town, Old Town, New Town and Vysehrad. In their midst is the Habsburg Kaiser Eagle and coat of arms of the Czech kingdom.

This panorama by Merian is probably the most sought after.

Excellent hand colour

Very good condition

Publishd by M. Merian in his "Topographia Bohemiae, Moraviae et Silesia", Frankfurt am Main, 1650.

code : M5210

Cartographer : MERIAN Matthaus MERIAN

Date : 1650

Size : 25*68 cms sheet 28*72 cms

availability : Available

Price : £1200

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Matthäus Merian der Ältere (or "Matthew", "the Elder", or "Sr."; 22 September 1593 - 19 June 1650) was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house.

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 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.

He produced 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).