MERIAN, Matthaeus (1593-1650, engraver) and Martin ZEILLER (1589-1661)
Topographia und Eigentliche Beschreibung Der Vornembsten Stäte, Schlösser auch anderer Plätze und Örter in denen Hertzogthümer[n] Braunschweig und Lüneburg, und denen dazu gehörende[n] Grafschafften Herrschafften und Landen
Frankfurt: 1654. Folio. (13 x 7 3/4 inches). 220,  pp., complete with engraved title and 137 total plates.
Half calf over marbled paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. Patterned endpapers.
First edition of Merian's most comprehensive topography
This meticulously crafted volume, published in Frankfurt in 1654, stands as the most extensive and lavishly illustrated compendium of its kind. Intended as the final volume to the industrious project Topographia Germaniae, this work represents the pinnacle of the remarkable series for which the Swiss-born engraver Matthäus Merian is best known. In this work, the visionary engraver focussed on the captivating landscapes and enchanting cities of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg. Merian's mastery in creating intricate and lifelike engravings brought to life the architectural wonders and natural splendors of the featured locations. The present volume contains views of Brunswick, Lüneburg and the surrounding area including vistas of Altenau, Barsinghausen, Göttingen, Hamelin, Hanover, Osterode, Ülzen, Wolfenbüttel, and a myriad of other notable places. Wüthrich praised the Braunschweig - Lüneburg volume as one that stands out from the rest of the topographical series in almost every respect. It represents the most extensive section with the most illustrations.
Wütrich 63; Schuchard 54 A.