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1635 Merian View of Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal

Olisippo Lisabona.

1635 Merian View of Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal


A view of Lisbon before the devastating earthquake of 1755 which destroyed almost the entire city.



Olisippo Lisabona.
  1635 (undated)    11.5 x 14.75 in (29.21 x 37.465 cm)


This is a 1635 Matthäus Merian view of Lisbon, Portugal before the Great Earthquake of 1755. Looking toward the city from the Tagus River, individual buildings are illustrated, presenting an incredible level of detail. Thirty-four different locations are numerically identified throughout the city and match a corresponding key situated along the bottom border. People are illustrated in groups in the public squares, along with numerous sailing ships of different kinds in the Tagus River. Windmills are illustrated along the crest of one of the hills in the background, while farm land and wilderness surround the city on three sides.

This view was created and published by Matthäus Merian in 1635.


Matthaus Merian (September 22, 1593 - June 19, 1650) was a important Swiss engraver and cartographer active in the early to mid 17th century. Merian was born in Basel and studied engraving in the centers of Zurich, Strasbourg, Nancy and Paris. In time Merian was drawn to the publishing mecca of Frankfurt, where he met Johann Theodor de Bry, son of the famed publisher Theodor de Bry. Merian and De Bry produced a number of important joint works and, in 1617, Merian married De Bry's daughter Maria Magdalena. In 1623 De Bry died and Merian inherited the family firm. Merian continued to publish under the De Bry's name until 1626. Around this time, Merian became a citizen of Frankfurt as such could legally work as an independent publisher. The De Bry name is therefore dropped from all of Merian's subsequent work. Of this corpus, which is substantial, Merian is best known for his finely engraved and highly detailed town plans and city views. Merian is considered one of the grand masters of the city view and a pioneer of the axonometric projection. Merian died in 1650 following several years of illness. He was succeeded in the publishing business by his two sons, Matthaus and Caspar, who published his great works, the Topographia Germaniae and Theatrum Eruopeaum, under the designation Merian Erben (Merian Heirs). Merian daughter, Anna Maria Sibylla Merian, became an important naturalist and illustrator. Today the German Travel Magazine "Merian" is named after the famous engraver.


Very good. Light wear along original centerfold. Blank on verso.


OCLC 164592576.
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