Entyourff des Ausses Guaiaquil, und der bei den Insuln Puna und S. Clara.
Inset: Wie die schiff under der Ins. Puna auf der Rede gelegen haben.
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DATE: c1631

MAP MAKER: Matthäus Merian.

SIZE: 6 15/16" X 6"

PRICE: $350.00

 

Matthäus Merian; 1593 - 1650.
Matthäus Merian (son); 1621 - 1687.

Born in Basel, studying in France, and moving to Frankfurt, this copper plate engraver teamed up with the most famous publisher Johann Theodore de Bry (whose daughter he married).
Around 1644 he collaborated with his son and Martin Zeiler (a well known Austrian cartographer, 1589 - 1661) and started to produce "Topographia", eventually a 21 volume massive work replete with maps, plans and bird eye views of cities and towns, portraits of key historic figures, landscapes and landmarks engravings.
Of note his continuation of the publication of "Grands voyages' and "Petits voyages" originally issued by Theodore de Bry father.
A few of de Bry's plates were re-used by Matthaus Merian (& Johann Ludwig Gottfried, writer & publisher) for "Historia antipodum" (an historical relation of voyages to the Americas for 150 years after the Colombus landing in the Bahamas) published between 1631 and 1655.

Entyourff des Ausses Guaiaquil, und der bei den Insuln Puna und S. Clara.
Inset: Wie die schiff under der Ins. Puna auf der Rede gelegen haben.

This rare small composite map (6 15/16" X 6") was published in the "West Indianischer Historien" book of the "Historia Antipodum".
It shows the lay out of the Guayaquil bay area (South on top), often visited to victual by the Spanish galleons plying the Arica-Panama route.
The inset is a bird's eye view of the town itself in 1624 while under attack by a Dutch raiding party (notice the orange/white/blue flags: the present days red/white/blue will replace them progressively after 1630).
German text on verso.

 

 

 

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