Olisippo Lisabona

Nice 1635 bird’s-eye-view of Lisbon.

Cartographer(s): Matthäus Merian
Date: 1635
Place: Frankfurt
Dimensions: 35.5 x 28 cm (14 x 11 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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Splendid bird’s-eye-view of Lisbon, viewed from the Tagus River, with two coats of arms flanking the title.

The view depicts Lisbon as it was before the devastating 1755 earthquake that ruined much of the old city. Finley-engraved city detail, including individual buildings; 34 points of interest are keyed to a table below.


Matthäus Merian

Matthäus Merian (September 1593 – 19 June 1650) was a Swiss -born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house. He was a member of the patrician Basel Merian family.

Early in his life, he had created detailed town plans in his unique style, e.g. a plan of Basel (1615) and a plan of Paris (1615). With Martin Zeiler (1589 – 1661), a German geographer, and later (circa 1640) with his own son, Matthäus Merian, he produced a series of Topographia. The 21-volume set was collectively known as the Topographia Germaniae. It includes numerous town plans and views, as well as maps of most countries and a World Map — it was such a popular work that it was re-issued in many editions. He also took over and completed the later parts and editions of the Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages, originally started by de Bry in 1590.

Merian’s work inspired the Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna by Erik Dahlberg. The German travel magazine Merian is named after him.

After his death, his sons Matthäus Jr. and Caspar took over the publishing house. They continued publishing the Topographia Germaniae and the Theatrum Europaeum under the name ‘Merian Erben’ (ie Merian Heirs).

Condition Description

Paper is age toned with some foxing; reinforced centerfold.