Bertius’ Miniature Map of Wales



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Copper engraving, 9.8 x 13.6 cm, black and white, light marginal waterstaining and worm hole in lower margin, French text on verso. Miniature map of Wales, following Mercator’s version of the map by Welsh antiquary Humphrey Lluyd; when first published by Ortelius in the 1570s it was the earliest printed map to show Wales as a separate region.

Our example was published in the French text edition of Tabularum geographicarum contractarum libri, a geographical work which is normally catalogued under the name of its author, Pieter Bert or Bertius. The maps are generally reduced from the cartography in the folio Mercator-Hondius atlas, and were mostly engraved by Jodocus Hondius, eldest son of the printer, who also bears the same name – although Shirley suggests the British maps may have been engraved by Salomon Rogiers (see Shirley, Early Printed Maps of the British Isles, 347). Geoffrey King calls them “undoubtedly the finest set of miniature maps ever printed” (Miniature Antique Maps p. 96). Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Lan 13B.


Bertius’ Miniature Map of Wales



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black and white

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9.8 x 13.6 cm