Barent Langenes / Petrus Bertius Map of Central Africa 1606. 3.3 x 4.8 inches. / 8.4 x 12.3 cm. A fine miniature map of the "Empire of Abyssinia", home to the mythical Christian king, Prester John, published by Petrus Bertius in Amsterdam early in the seventeenth century. This lovely map and has a strap-work title, in the upper left corner, and plenty of sea hatching.In addition, it depicts an Arab Dhow and a sea monsters off coast. The map extent covers Arabia, and from the Nile Delta south to Mosambique and the great lakes. Although he published much in the fields of mathematics, theology and history, he is perhaps best known as a cartographer. This example is from his. And was heavily influenced by the earlier works of Mercator, from the late sixteenth century. He was connected, by marriage to Jacobus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere - both excellent cartographers, who would influence his later life. Bertius was'Cosmographer' to the court of King Louis XIII. The Caert-Thresoor of 1598 set a new standard for minor atlases. Scholars like Petrus Bertius and Jacobus Viverius edited the text.
The small maps are extremely well engraved; they are neat and clear and elegantly composed. The first edition was published in 1598 by Barent Langenes, bookseller and publisher in Middelburg.Little is known about Langenes, except that he published some travel descriptions. The success must have prompted Jodocus Hondius to make a minor edition of Mercator's Atlasin 1607, althrough that work wasintended for a different category of readers. Must have been an atlas favored by the general public.
Thetext was rewritten first by Petrus Bertius (1600) and in 1609 by Jacobus Viverius; who wrote an entirely revised Dutch text. The maps served many purposes in other books published in Amsterdam. Their contents reflect the level of cartography in Amsterdam at the turn of the century, where up-to-date information on newly discovered regions was readily available. The Caert-Thresoor is a collection of maps to which the text was adapted and not the other way around as is the case with many geographical studies. In excellent condition, only lightly age toned, and with some water stains to the margins, wide margins, a good dark impression.
Slight show-through of text from verso. The item "Barent Langenes / Petrus Bertius Miniature Map of Central Africa 1606" is in sale since Tuesday, December 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps".boys" and is located in Penrith.
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