Martin Zeiler

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Contemporary portrait by A. Kohl.

Martin Zeiler (also Zeiller, born 17 April 1589 in Ranten, died 6 October 1661 in Ulm) was a Baroque era German author.

Zeiler's father was an exile from Upper Styria, forced to emigrate due to his protestant confession. Zeiler was schooled in Ulm, moving to Wittenberg in 1608 to study jurisprudence and history. He worked several jobs as private teacher and notary. He lived in Ulm from 1629, working as teacher and inspector at local schools.

Zeiler was very productive as an author, meeting the template of the Baroque polyhistor. The Ulm city library lists 90 works authored by Zeiler. His productivity was recognized by his contemporaries; Georg Philipp Harsdörffer mentions Herrn Zeillers proverbial industriousness in one of his poems. Zeiler is best known for his contribution to Matthäus Merian's Topographia Germaniae (16 vol., 1642–1654).


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  • (Trad.) François de Rosset: Theatrum tragicum ... in die Teutsche Sprache transferirt durch M. Zeiller, hg. Martin Opitz. Danzig 1640 u.ö. (25 Auflagen sind bekannt)
  • Fidus achates, oder Getreuer Reisgefert. Ulm 1651
  • Historici, chronologici et geographi ... quo vixerunt, et operibus ... scripserunt. 2 Bde. Ulm 1652
  • 100 Dialogi oder Gespräch von unterschiedlichen Sachen. Ulm 1653
  • Handbuch von allerley nutzlichen Erinerungen. 2 Bde. Ulm 1655
  • Topographia Germaniae
  • Topographia Galliae

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