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Last NameMerian    
Given NameMatthaeus the elder / Matthäus der Ältere    
alt. NamesM. M. ; Matthäus der Ältere / Mattäus / Matthæo Merian(IS) / MM sen. / Merian d. Ä. / Merian the Elder ;    
MarriageMaria Magdalena, née de Bry    
Children->Matthaeus Merian the younger (1621-1687) http://viaf.org/viaf/98612721 ; -daughter > Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717), illustrator    
Year born1593 in Basel    
Year died1650    
Place of deathLangenschwalbach    
Father's occupationsawmiller (Sägmüller) and member of city-council Walther Merian    
Relatives    
Educationattended a Gymnasium; studies copper-engr. w. Friedrich Meyer in Zurich; 1610-15 in Straßburg w.Dietrich Brentel, in Nancy & Paris (w.Jacq. Callot)    
Country of ActivityGermany    
Worked forTopographia Germaniae (1642-54: 16 vols, -1688 30 vols), e.g. Topographia Westphaliae, das ist, Beschreibung der vornembsten, bekantisten Stätte & Plätz, im hochlöbl: westphälischen Craisse (Frankfurt 1645) ; ....Bavariae, Suabiae; Der Fruchtbringenden Gesellschaft Nahmen, Vorhaben, Gemählde, (1646) ; Daniel Mögling: Speculum sophicum rhodo-stauroticum universale (1618); Daniel Mögling: Mechanische Kunst-Kammer, Frankfurt 1629 (frontispiece);     
PatronageLudwig, Fürst von Anhalt-Köthen (1579-1650) ;     
Collaboratorsauthor Martin Zeiller (1589-1661) from Ulm ; engr. ->Matthaeus Merian the younger (1621-1687) (son) ; engr. ->Caspar (son) ; engr. & painter -> Sybilla Merian (sister) ; w. his pupils Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677) & w. Bartholomäus Kilian (1630-1696) in Frankfurt ;    
Techniquestopographic drawing, copperplate engraving, hand-coloring, painting; map-making; also botanical copper-engraving 1646    
Sample(s)www.google.de/search?q=Topographia+Germaniae ; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fruchtbringende_Gesellschaft.jpg    
Archival sourcessee listings of all volumes of Topographia Germaniae & links to online versions in http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topographia_Germaniae    
Published sourcesADB 21 1885: 422-7 ; NDB 17 1994: 135-8 ; AKL ; Lukas Heinrich Wüthrich: Das druckgraphische Werk von M. M. d. Ä. (Basel 1972) & Biographie (Hamburg 2007) ; Putscher 1972: 94-96 ; Geck 1982: 50 ; Grees 2002: 29 ; M. Popplow: Court Mathematicians, Rosicrucians, and Engineering Experts, in Becchi et al. (eds.) Guidobaldo del Monte (1545–1607), Berlin 2013, pp. 296-306;     
otherSince 1617 active in Frankfurt as a publisher, mostly known for his illustrations in: Topographia Germaniae & Theatrum Europaeum.     
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