Merian, Matthäus. M. Z. Topographia Bohemiae, Moraviae et Silesiae das ist, Beschreibung und eigentliche Abbildung der vornehmsten, und bekandtisten Stätte, und Plätze, in dem Königreich Boheim und einverleibten Landern, Mähren, und Schlesien.

Frankfurt am Main, Matthäus Merian, 1650.

Folio (212:324 mm). 188 (instead of 192), (18) pp. With engr. t. p. and 37 engr., folding views, maps, and plans. Contemp. vellum with ms. spine title. Remains of ties.


First printing of the first edition (distinguished by the line break on p. 3, left column, last 2 lines: "... von // dem Lande den Namen/ gleich wie mit einer // Mauer/ umbgeben ..."). "The first and second edition are of a high quality: light-coloured paper, good impressions, and excellent engravings" (Nebehay/W.).

Hand-coloured title engraving. Occasional slight browning. Small edge defect to the view of Schlan (not touching the image) professionally restored; Hollar's four-page view of Prague somewhat wrinkled and assembled out of order. Wants pp. 163-166; plates complete including the plan of Trachenberg (not in the list of plates and often missing). From the library of the Regensburg jurist Sebastian Seelmann, a member of Harsdörffer's "Pegnesian Order of Flowers" since 1668 (under the name of "Silvius"), with his autogr. note of ownership on the engr. t. p . and the acquisition date "1704".

VD 17, 23:301612X. Wüthrich IV, 51. Nebehay/Wagner 405. Schuchhard 14 A.

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