Scarce decorative map of Southeast Asia, China, India, the Philippines and western Oceana, based upon Blaeu's map of the same period.
Includes a partial outline of Northwestern Australia, indentified as T Landt Van D Eendracht, with details noting G.F. de Wits Land and Willems Revier, references to Dirk Hartog's earliest landing in Australia, as Captain of the Eendracht in 1615-1616.
Decorative cartouche, sailing ships, compass rose, etc.
Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century