1652 1ed Theatrum Europaeum Geography ATLAS Maps City Views Illustrated Merian

Joannes Georgius Schleder Carlo Sereta Carl Henric de Osten Matthaeus jun Merian G W Kleinstretl

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An absolutely incredible 17th-century German geography book filled with maps, city plans, and engravings “covering events in Europe through 1651. This first edition was the first edition printed by Schleder and is one of the very few editions of this book to ever see multiple reprints. This was also the first edition to see print after the death of the series’ founder, Merian. This edition was intended to the sixth and final edition, but because of popular demand, another volume was written 11 years later, again by Schleder. While the content is incredible and historically accurate, the copper engravings have always been the strongest appeal, even in the 17th-century.

Matthäus Merian der Ältere (1593 – 1650) was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house and was most known for his German-language history book “Theatrum Europaeum.”

Theatrum Europaeum was a journal on the history of the German-speaking lands by Matthäus Merian.

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1652 1ed Theatrum Europaeum Geography ATLAS Maps City Views Illustrated Merian

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An absolutely incredible 17th-century German geography book filled with maps, city plans, and engravings “covering events in Europe through 1651. This first edition was the first edition printed by Schleder and is one of the very few editions of this book to ever see multiple reprints. This was also the first edition to see print after the death of the series’ founder, Merian. This edition was intended to the sixth and final edition, but because of popular demand, another volume was written 11 years later, again by Schleder. While the content is incredible and historically accurate, the copper engravings have always been the strongest appeal, even in the 17th-century.

Matthäus Merian der Ältere (1593 – 1650) was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house and was most known for his German-language history book “Theatrum Europaeum.”

Theatrum Europaeum was a journal on the history of the German-speaking lands by Matthäus Merian.

Main author: Joannes Georgius Schleder; G W Kleinstretl; Matthaeus jun Merian; Carl Henric de Osten; Carlo Sereta

Title: Theatri Europaei Sechster und letzter Theil/ Das ist/ Außführliche Beschreibung der Denckwürdigsten Geschichten : so sich hin und wieder durch Europam, als in Hoch- und Nieder-Teutschland/ Franckreich/ Hispanien/ Italien/ Groß-Britannien/ Dennemarck/ Schweden/ Polen/ Moscau/ Schlesien/ Böhmen/ Ober- und Nieder-Oesterreich/ Hungarn/ Siebenbürgen/ Wallachey/ Moldau/ Türckey und Barbarien/ so wol im Weltlichen Regiment/ als Kriegs-Wesen; Bevorab bey denen zwischen mehrerntheils kriegenden Partheyen nach Münster und Oßnabrück angesetzten/ … General Friedens-Tractaten/ vom Jahr Christi 1647. biß 1651. allerseits begeben und zugetragen

Published: Frankfurt, Main Franckfurt am Mäyn Hoffmannische Buchtruckerey Franckfurt am Mäyn Merian 1652. First edition.

Language: German

Notes & content:

  • 1st edition
  • Illustrated with 185 copper engravings throughout including:
  • 140 portraits, 1 armorial, 2 full-page plates, 42 double-page folding plates
    • Arms of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden
  • Collated complete with all pages: [9] 1208, [18 + printer’s mark]
  • Published in the wake of the Thirty Year’s War – which caused the map of Europe to be complete redrawn

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Publisher: Frankfurt, Main Franckfurt am Mäyn Hoffmannische Buchtruckerey Franckfurt am Mäyn Merian 1652

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (15 May 1689 – 21 August 1762) was an English aristocrat and writer. Lady Mary is today chiefly remembered for her letters, particularly her letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described by Billie Melman as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”.[1]

Contents  [hide]

1 Early life

2 Marriage and embassy to Ottoman Empire

3 Later years

4 Ottoman smallpox inoculation

5 Important works

6 Literary place

7 Feminism

8 Notes

9 References

10 Further reading

10.1 Book reviews

11 External links

Early life[edit]

Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward, by Jean-Baptiste van Mour

Lady Mary Pierrepont was born in London on 15 May 1689; her baptism took place on 26 May at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.[2] She was a daughter of Evelyn Pierrepont, 5th Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull, and his first wife, Lady Mary Fielding. As a pioneer of modern medicine, she was the first European who insisted on inoculation of her children of small doses of smallpox long before programmes of preventative medicine began, based on her own observational evidence of Turkish milkmaids similarly inoculated who recovered from the disease. Her mother had three more children before dying in 1692. The children were raised by their Pierrepont grandmother until Mary was 9. Lady Mary was then passed to the care of her father upon her grandmother’s death.[3] She began her education in her father’s home. Family holdings were extensive, including Thoresby Hall and Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottinghamshire, and a house in West Dean in Wiltshire. She used the library in her father’s mansion, Thoresby Hall in the Dukeries of Nottinghamshire, to “steal” her education, teaching herself Latin.[3] Thoresby Hall had one of the finest private libraries in England, which she loved, but it was lost when the building burned in 1744. By about fourteen she had written two albums filled with poetry, a brief epistolary novel, and a prose-and-verse romance modeled after Aphra Behn’s Voyage to the Isle of Love (1684).[3] She also apparently corresponded with two bishops, Thomas Tenison and Gilbert Burnet, who supplemented the instructions of a governess she despised. Lady Mary would later describe her governess’ teachings as “the worst in the world”.[4]

Marriage and embassy to Ottoman Empire[edit]

By 1710 Lady Mary had two possible suitors to choose from: Edward Wortley Montagu and Clotworthy Skeffington.[3] Mary’s father, now Marquess of Dorchester, rejected Wortley Montagu as a prospect because he refused to entail his estate on a possible heir. Her father pressured her to marry Clotworthy Skeffington, heir to an Irish peerage. Although Lady Mary had fallen in love with another unidentified man, in order to avoid marriage to Skeffington, she eloped with Wortley. They were married on 23 August 1712 in Salisbury.[3]

Mary Wortley Montagu, by Charles Jervas, after 1716

The early years of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s married life were spent in seclusion in the country. She had a son, Edward Wortley Montagu the younger, on 16 May 1713, in London.[3] Her husband became Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1715, and shortly afterwards was made a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. When Lady Mary joined him in London, her wit and beauty soon made her a prominent figure at court. She was among the society of George I and the Prince of Wales, and counted amongst her friends Molly Skerritt, Lady Walpole, John, Lord Hervey, Mary Astell, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, Alexander Pope, John Gay, and Abbé Antonio Conti.[3]

In December 1715, Lady Mary contracted smallpox. She survived, but while she was ill someone circulated the satirical “court eclogues” she had been writing. One of the poems was read as an attack on Caroline, Princess of Wales, in spite of the fact that the “attack” was voiced by a character who was herself heavily satirized.[5] Disgraced and unable to return to court, Lady Mary left London in August 1716 to accompany her husband on his embassy to Istanbul.[3]

Early in 1716, Edward Wortley Montagu was appointed Ambassador at Istanbul. Lady Mary accompanied him to Vienna, and thence to Adrianople and Istanbul. He was recalled in 1717, but they remained at Istanbul until 1718. She had a daughter, who would grow up to be Mary, Countess of Bute, on 19 January 1718 in Istanbul. After an unsuccessful delegation between Austria and Ottoman empires, they returned to England.[3]

The story of this voyage and of her observations of Eastern life is told in Letters from Turkey, a series of lively letters full of graphic descriptions; Letters is often credited as being an inspiration for subsequent female traveller/writers, as well as for much Orientalist art. During her visit she was sincerely charmed by the beauty and hospitality of the Ottoman women she encountered, and she recorded her experiences in a Turkish bath with a keen eye for detail.[6] While in Turkey, she also recorded a particularly amusing incident in which a group of Turkish women, horrified by the sight of the corset she was wearing, exclaimed that “the husbands in England were much worse than in the East, for [they] tied up their wives in little boxes, the shape of their bodies”.[7] Lady Mary wrote that nowhere else were women as free as they were in the Ottoman Empire.[8]

Lady Mary returned to the West with knowledge of the Ottoman practice of inoculation against smallpox, known as variolation. In the 1790s, Edward Jenner developed a safer method, vaccination. In 1727 her husband inherited Wortley Hall, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, and commissioned a major remodelling of the house in 1742.

Categories

European History

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

Joannes Georgius Schleder Carlo Sereta Carl Henric de Osten Matthaeus jun Merian G W Kleinstretl

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

German

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete