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Miniature Map of Spitsbergen, Norway.

Bertius, Petrus/ Pieter. Petrus Kaerius/Pieter van der Keere; Jodicus Hondius. "Description de Spitsberge" delineatio Spitsberiæ. Amsterdam Jodicus Hondius Jr. 1616
Copper engraved map of Spitsbergen, Norway from Petrus Bertius' "Tabularum geographicum contractarum libri septum. " French text to verso describing the succeeding map.
The map shows part of the coast of Spitsbergen. The island was discovered by by Willem Barentsz, who came across it while searching for the Northern Sea Route in June 1596 and it appears for the first time on his map of1599 as "Het Nieuwe Land"
Strap work title cartouche; compass rose, ships and fish to sea. Dark impression; light toning.

Petrus Bertius, professor of Mathematics at Leiden University, later became Cosmographer and Historiographer to Louis XIII of France. He wrote many works both geographical and theological, contributing
geographical material to the works of Clüver and Herrera.
He wrote the text for the "Tabularum Geographicarumum" for Cornelius Claesz to replace that of the unknown author of the "Caert -Thressoor"of Barent Langenes which had appeared in 1598 published in Middleburg
The atlas with Bertius text was first published in 1600 by Claesz in Amsterdam with maps by Petrus Kaerius, Jodicus Hondius & Benjanin Wright, it was to be published in a number of editions.
This edition published in Germany by Mattias Becker for Henry Lorentsz the successor of Cornelius Claesz. with German text.
Koeman: Lan 11. 95 by 137mm (3¾ by 5½ inches).   ref: 2929  €120

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