Frankfurt: Mattheus Merian, 1650. unbound. Birds Eye View Map. Uncolored copper engraving. Image measures 11.25 x 14.25". This incredible bird's-eye view of Wroclaw or Breslau or Wratislavia by Matthaus Merian dates to 1650. It maps the historic capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia, today the largest city in Western Poland. The map is beautifully detailed noting bridges, islands, rivers, lakes, fields, and exquisitely delineated buildings with an index in the lower left and right corners listing 38 of the landmarks of the town. The map dates to the time of the Thirty Years' War, during which the city was occupied by the Saxons and Swedish troops. Silesia would later come under Prussian control in 1740. In 1806, after Napoleon's invasion and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire which lead to the unification of Germany in 1871 and the following world wars, Silesia today has been divided into German, Austrian, Czech and Polish Silesia. Wroclaw is today seen as a unique European city of mixed heritage with Bohemian, Austrian, Prussian, and German influences and traditions. Issued in Merian's "Theatrum Europaeum". The print is in good condition with minor wear and verso repairs along the original folds and edges. Original plate mark is visible. Minor foxing and staining. The Swiss-born Matthäus Merian (1593-1650) studied in Zurich and Paris before moving to Frankfurt, where he worked as an engraver, etcher and publisher. He lived in Basel, the city he was born in, for brief periods during his lifetime. This is a beautiful example of his work. (Inventory #: 274034)
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