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Bertius' Map of the Bay of Bengal

SKU: 7963

Bertius' Map of the Bay of Bengal

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
9.7 x 13.5 cm

black and white


  • Petrus Bertius
  • Engraver(s):
    Jodocus Hondius II

    Descriptio Bengalae

    Copper engraving, 9.7 x 13.5 cm, black and white, Latin text on verso. Map of the Bay of Bengal, from the first edition of Tabularum geographicarum contractarum libri, a geographical work which is normally catalogued under the name of its author, 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. Geoffrey King calls them "undoubtedly the finest set of miniature maps ever printed" (Miniature Antique Maps p. 96).