Attractive little map of East Africa shows the "Empire of Abyssinia", the home of the mythical Christian king, Prester John, whose existence fascinated Europeans for several centuries. The area delineated is actually the Nile river basin , the great Lakes and the coast south of Zanzibar.

Described as "the most numerous and finest set of miniature maps ever printed" by Geoffrey King (Miniature Antique Maps), the maps engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr for the Latin editions of Bertius' 'Tabularum geographicarum contractarum..'

Very good hand colour

Excellent condition.

code : M3931

Cartographer : Petrus BERTIUS

Date : 1616 Amsterdam

Size : 10*14 cms

availability : Sold

Price : Sold

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The origins of the miniature pocket atlas lie in Barent Langenes Caert Thresoor of 1598. A large number of the 169 maps were engraved by Petrus Kaerius (Van Den Keere). This small but attractive atlas was sold for the first time in 1599 by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam. In 1600, Claesz published the atlas with a Latin text composed by Petrus Bertius; from then on, new editions, often enlarged with new maps, regularly appeared. Petrus Bertius was born at Beveren, Flanders, in November 1565. As a refugee, Bertius settled in Amsterdam and, after finishing his studies, he became a professor of mathematics and librarian at the University of Leiden. In 1618 he also became cosmographer and historiographer to Louis XIII of France, and lived in Paris, where he died in October 1629. His fame among geographers was established by his text in the pocket atlas Tabularum Geographicarum.