Bertius’ Map of the Maldives & Sri LankaSKU: 7962
Bertius’ Map of the Maldives & Sri Lanka
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9.6 x 13.7 cm
black and white
Jodocus Hondius II
Ceylon I./Description de Zeilan, et des Isles Maldives
Copper engraving, 9.6 x 13.7 cms, black and white, French text on verso. Miniature maps of the Maldives and Sri Lanka on one sheet, from the French text 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).