‘PORTUGALLIA’ by Petrus Bertius c.1616


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A very attractive, finely engraved and detailed early 17th century miniature map of Portugal which was published in Petrus Bertius’s Tabularum Geographicarum Geographicarum Contractarum (Amsterdam: 1616).

Petrus Bertius (1565-1629) grew up up in Beveren in Flanders and as a young man travelled widely in Europe. In company with so many of his compatriots he moved to Amsterdam as a refugee from religious persecution and after completing his studies there he was appointed a professor of mathematics and librarian at Leyden University. As well as being a prolific writer on mathematical, historical and theological subjects, he is known as a cartographer for the editions of Ptolemy’s ‘Geographia’ and for the miniature atlas, ‘Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum’. In 1618 he moved to Paris and became Official Cosmographer to Louis XIII. He was related by marriage to the eminent cartographers, Jodocus Hondius and Pieter Van Den Keere (Source: ‘Antique Maps’ by Moreland & Bannister, 1983).

  • This is an original copperplate engraving.
  • Printed area is approximately 13.4cms by 9.5cms (not including outer text).
  • The map is in very good condition with decent borders. Click on image for a better view.
  • The item comes displayed in a ready to frame museum quality mount.
  • Click on ‘Delivery Policy’ for postage costs.
  • Guaranteed to be over 400 years old.
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