RED SEA, MARE RUBRUM, SAUDI ARABIA, NE. AFRICA, BERTIUS original antique map 1618. MARE RUBRUM by Petrus Bertius Published Amsterdam 1618 in Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri Septem. An original early 17th century copper engraved miniature antique map of the Red Sea and bordering countries by Petrus Bertius.
Covers the coasts of present day Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan and Egypt. Interestingly the Gulf of Aqaba is missing. (Mecca), Jiddah, Al Madhina (Medina), Suez etc.
North is oriented to the right. The title is displayed in a strapwork cartouche with the further title of "Descriptio Maris Rubri" in the upper margin. A crisp dark impression on robust hand laid paper with Latin text to verso. Enhanced with expertly crafted later hand colouring. Fine unmarked condition, free of repairs or restoration.
It would be difficult to find a better example of this scarce map. 5" x 4" (140mm x 90mm). Also known Pieter or Peter Bertius of Flemish birth he was educated at Leiden University and was a theologian, historian and mathematician of some standing, but is remembered chiefly for his cartographic works. His brothers in law Joducus Hondius. And Pieter Van Den Keere were also highly successful cartographers and engraved many of the maps for the Tabularum Geographicum Contractarum.A GENUINE ANTIQUE MAP GUARANTEED ALMOST 400 YEARS OLD FROM LINDISFARNE PRINTS. We do not deal in reproductions, facsimiles or modern copies of any kind. Lindisfarne Prints is a small family business specialising in genuine antique maps and prints at affordable prices. Established in 1995 and trading online since 2000, we pride ourselves on accurate descriptions, good communications, rapid service and fair prices.
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