This historical engraving is from Matthäus Merian and Johann Ludwig Gottfried's "Neuwe Archontologia cosmica, sive Imperiorum, Regnorum, Principatuum, Rerumque Publicarum Omnium per Totum Terrarum Orbem" or "Cosmic Archontology, of Empires, Kingdoms, Principalities, and Republics of All Worlds". The work was published in Frankfurt by Hoffmann in 1638. This is considered the first German edition. The World Chronicle contains fantastic illustrations by Matthaeus Merian.
Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was part of an exceptional artistic family. He was himself an artist and engraver who was born in Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich, Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg. He settled in Frankfurt where he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, another accomplished publisher, and married his daughter, Maria Magdelena de Bry. He was the father of Matthaeus the Younger and the famous naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. He took over De Bry's published house on his death in 1623 and became particularly noted for his city views due to their artistry and accuracy.
Size: 13” x 15” inches / 32 cm x 38 cm
Artist: Matthaus Merian and Johann Ludwig Gottfried
Place: Frankfurt, Germany
*Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
Very good condition.