Bertius’ Map of the British IslesSKU: 8616
Bertius’ Map of the British Isles
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9.6 x 13.6 cm
black and white
Copper engraving, 9.6 x 13.6 cm, black and white, light marginal waterstaining and worm hole in lower margin, French text on verso.
Map of the British Isles with west at the top of the map, 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. Geoffrey King calls them "undoubtedly the finest set of miniature maps ever printed" (Miniature Antique Maps p. 96). Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Lan 13B; Shirley, Early Printed Maps of the British Isles, 348.