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MATTHEW MERIAN (1593–1650)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 164 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MATTHEW MERIAN (1593–1650), Swiss engraver, was born in Basel, on the 25th of September 1593. The family came originally from near Delemont, but in his grandfather's time settled in Basel, where in 1553 it obtained the burghershj, of the city. As Matthew early showed signs of artistic tastes, he was placed (1609) under the care of Dietrich Meyer, a painter and engraver of Zurich (1572–1658). He went' on to Nancy in 1613, where he already displayed considerable talents as an engraver on copper. After studying in Paris, Stuttgart (1616) and the Low Countries, he came to Frankfort, where in 1618 he married the eldest daughter of J. T. de Bry, who was a publisher and bookseller as well as an engraver. Merian worked for some time with his father-in-law in Oppenheim, but then returned to Basel, whence he came back (1624) to Frankfort after Bry's death (1623), in order to take over his business; M. cucullatus, the hooded merganser of North America, is in size intermediate between M. albellus and M. serrator; the male is easily recognizable by his broad semicircular crest, bearing a fanshaped patch of white, and his elongated subscapulars of white edged with black. The conformation of the trachea in the male of M. merganser, M. serrator and M. cucullatus is very like that of the ducks of the genus Clangula, but M. albellus has a less exaggerated development more resembling that of the ordinary Fuligula.' From the southern hemisphere two species of Mergus have been described, M. octosetaceus or brasilianus, L. P. Vieillot (N. Diet. d'Hist. naturelle, ed. 2, vol. xiv. p. 222; Gal. des oiseaux, torn. ii. p. 209, pl. 283), inhabiting South America, of which but few specimens have been obtained, having some general resemblance to M. serrator, but much more darkly coloured, and M. australis, Hombron and Jacquemont (Ann. sc. nat. zoologie, ser. 2, vol. xvi. p. 320; Voy. au Pol Sud, oiseaux, pl. 31, fig. 2), known only by the unique example in the Paris Museum procured by the French Antarctic expedition in the Auckland Islands. Often associated with the mergansers is the genus Merganetta, the so-called torrent-ducks of South America, of which six species have been described; but they possess spiny tails and have their wings armed with a spur. These with Hymenolaemus Malacorhynchus, the blue duck of New Zealand, and Salvadorina waigiuensis of Waigiou are placed in the sub-family Merganettinae. (A. N.)
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I have a book printed by Eastern Color Printing Co. , 50 church st. in N.Y.N.Y. How can I tell how old the book is? The name is Icones Biblicae 1625 It is bible pictures from Genesis to Revelations.
I have the "Complete story of the bible in pictures"... Matthew Merian's famous engravings. Published by Eastern Color Printing Co. 50 Church St. New York, N.Y., how old is the book and is it a collector's item.
I am also looking for information regarding Matthew Merian's "The Complete Story of the Bible in Pictures", published by Eastern Color Printing Co. No publishing date was observed. It has a soft cover with very yellowed pages.
I have a copy of Matthew Merian's "Picture Story of The Bible, published by Eastern Color Printing CO., 50 Church St. New York, NY. No date. The pictures are in Black and white. Page 1 is on the first page on the right after the cover is opened. Page 2 is to the left of page 3. The illustrations are in black and white, actually, very yellowed, almost brown pages. The pages are brittle and break very easily. The cover is redish brown. Is this a rare book? Who may be interested in this book?
I am also looking for information regarding Matthew Merian's "The Complete Story of the Bible in Pictures", published by Eastern Color Printing Co. No publishing date was observed. It has a soft cover with very yellowed pages.
I have a copy of The Bible in Pictures by Matthew Merian that is very old and the paper is very fragile. How would I go about finding the value of the book?
We have a book called THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE BIBLE IN PICTURES. Could someone tell us the age and the approximate value of this WONDERFUL book. Thanks and have a blessed day. Wally & Samantha
I also have a copy of The Bible in Pictures by Matthew Merian that is very old and the paper is very fragile. How would I go about finding the value of the book? or if it is valuable at all. Thanks,Randy
I have what appears a very old book by matthew merian "The complete story of the bible in pictures. can you give me information on this book
I would like to know how old this book is also. It doesn't say.
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