Caspar Merian (born 13 February 1627 in Frankfurt, † 12 April 1686 in Castle Waltha, West Frisia) was one of the most important topographical copper engravers and publishers of the Baroque era. He came from the Frankfurt branch of the Basel family Merian.
Life and work
Caspar Merian was a son and pupil of the copper engraver Matthäus Merian (1593-1650) and his wife Maria Magdalena b. De Bry. As an employee of his father, he worked temporarily in Paris and Nuremberg.
After the death of his father he led the Frankfurt publishing house together with his brother Matthäus. Both of them continued the publication of the principal works begun by their father, the Topographia Germania Inferioris and the Theatrum Europaeum, and produced numerous other engravings.
In 1672, Merian retired to Wertheim on medical advice. In 1677 he moved to Westfriesland and joined the radical protestant religious community of the Labadists, where he lived until his death. In 1685 he also had his half-sister Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), and her two daughters at the Castle Waltha.