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Biographical/Historical Information

Matthäus Merian was born in Basel in 1593. He learned copperplate engraving in Zürich and continued his studies in Strasbourg, Nancy, and Paris. He returned to Basel for a year in 1615 before settling in Frankfurt. He worked for publisher Johann Theodor de Bry and married his daughter, Maria Magdalena, who died 1645. He then remarried Johanna Catharina Hein in 1646. Merian ran the de Bry publishing house after the death of his father-in-law in 1623, but later worked independently. Merian is best known for his engravings of maps and illustrations.

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Merian, Matthaeus: Frankfurt, as seen towards the east (1646), Leo Baeck Institute, 2009.006.