Matthias Quad

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Matthias Quad (1557–1613) was an engraver and cartographer from Cologne. He was the first European mapmaker to use dotted lines to indicate international borders.[1]


Matthias Quad was born and learnt engraving in the Netherlands. An engraver in wood and stone,[2] Quad collaborated with the Cologne publisher Johann Bussemacher to publish a quarto atlas of Europe in 1592.[3] This was expanded into a Geographisches Handtbuch (1599), with more text than maps, and then into a proper atlas, Fasciculus Geographicus (1608).[2]



  1. ^ Helmut Walser Smith, The Continuities of German History (Cambridge University Press, 2008), p. 44.
  2. ^ a b Leo Bagrow; R a Skelton (2009). History of Cartography (enlarged 2nd ed.). Transaction Publishers. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-4128-1154-5. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. ^ Rodney W. Shirley (2009). Courtiers and cannibals, angels and amazons: the art of the decorative cartographic titlepage. Hes & De Graaf. p. 82. ISBN 978-90-6194-060-9. Retrieved 14 January 2013.