Christopher Weigel (1654 – 1725)

Christopher Weigel was a German engraver, cartographer, and publisher who is best known for his work in the field of illustrated books and prints.

Weigel was born in Redwitz, Germany, in 1654. He began his career as an engraver and soon developed a reputation for his skill in producing detailed and accurate illustrations. He worked with a number of leading publishers in Germany, including Johann Hoffmann and Johann Christoph Weigel, his own son.

In addition to his work as an engraver, Weigel also produced a large number of maps and atlases. His most famous work was his Atlas Scholasticus, a set of educational maps that was widely used in schools throughout Germany.

Weigel was also an important publisher, and he produced a large number of illustrated books and prints. He worked with a wide range of artists, including Johann Jakob Scheuchzer and Johann Ulrich Kraus, and his publications covered a variety of subjects, including history, science, and religion.

In addition to his work in publishing, Weigel was also an important collector of prints and drawings. He amassed a large collection of works by leading artists of his time, including Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, and Hans Holbein the Younger.

Weigel died in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1725, but his legacy as a leading engraver, cartographer, and publisher of his time lives on today. His work continues to be admired for its technical skill and its contributions to the fields of art, cartography, and publishing.

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