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Bertius’ Map of the Maldives & Sri Lanka

SKU: 7962

Bertius’ Map of the Maldives & Sri Lanka

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
9.6 x 13.7 cm

black and white


  • Petrus Bertius
  • Engraver(s):
    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).