NOVA TOTIUS TERRARUM ORBIS GEOGRAPHICA..
A stunning, coloured and detailed world map based on Mercator's projection.
The cartography was closely copied from Blaeu's world map of 1606. Latin title at top, outside neatline, with German gothic script title and notation concerning the discovering of the Americas in 1492 which covers the unknown interior of North America. There is a large southern continent connected to New Guinea, California is a peninsula, and there are plenty of open ended waterways in the eastern part of North America, which leave open the question of a Northwest Passage. Two polar projections in lower corners. The map is finely decorated with sea monsters, galleons and compass roses. First state with Merian's signature bottom right.
This is the first edition of Merian's World map with his signature bottom right, the second edition the signature was removed.
Excellent hand colour.
Reference: Shirley, World 345.
code : M3941
Cartographer : MERIAN Matthaus
Date : 1638 Frankfurt
Size : 26*35.5 cms
availability : Available
Price : £1150
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).