Copper engraving, 25 x 35 cm, black and white, blank verso. A map of Bratislava, capital of modern Slovakia, formerly known as Pressburg, for more than two centuries the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary; published by Merian and his heirs in various works, including the Archontologia Cosmica of 1638 and editions of the Theatrum Europaeum. Merian was born in Basel, but he learned his trade working for Johann Theodor de Bry in Frankfurt, and married de Bry’s daughter. His own business flourished: talented engravers who worked with him include Wenceslaus Hollar. After his death in 1650 the firm passed through three generations of his family.
Merian’s Map of Bratislava
Topographia Regiae Liberaeq Civitatis Posoniensis vulgo Pressburg Hungariae superioris ad Danubium sita …