The five maps give a superb picture of the world as it was known in the early 17th century. The world map itself shows a huge continent "Terra Australis nondum cognita" along the bottom, which would encompass what little was known of Australia at that time. The map of the Americas also shows "Terra Australis Incognita" filling much of the southern oceans. The map of Asia gives no indication of the existence of Australia, and shows Korea as an island.
The map of Europe shows a splendid array of completely imaginary islands, such as'Brazil', Flandria, and Frissland. But much of the detail inland must be questionable, as it was not fully explored until the 19th century.
Petrus Bertius (1565 - 1629) spent part of his working life as a religious refugee in the Netherlands, where he became professor of mathematics at Leyden University. But he moved to Paris in 1618, where he was appointed Official Cosmographer to Louis XIII. Size: each map is of a slightly different size, but approx.17.5cms x 12.5cms including margins. Condition: Generally all five maps are in a good condition. Very small worm holes in the maps of Africa and America, hardly visible unless the map is held up to the light, and only at the edges. Stain on the back of the world map. Also on the scale bar of the Europe map, which has in addition slight staining on the left hand margin, well away from the map itself.
Faint stamp on the back of the Africa map. But overall these are in a good condition. I have other antique maps, books, prints etc.The item "C1616 Bertius World & Asia Americas Europe Africa 5 Miniature Imaginary Islands" is in sale since Saturday, August 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World Maps". The seller is "mitchmap50" and is located in Fairlight. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States, Canada, Australia.