Attractive map of the area which is now the modern countries of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. West is at the top. Title cartouche on the upper right corner.

Although entitled Malacca (Malaysia) this map encompasses a number of countries of South East Asia. In the centre of the map is the Gulf of Thailand. The country Sian (Siam) is Thailand. The city Sian is Ayutthaya, the capital of Siam, and appears on a rather large island surrounded by the Menan Fluvius.

This map was engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr. for his uncle, Petrus Bertius book, "Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum..." first published in Amsterdam in 1616.

Publication Amsterdam 1618 in "Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri Septem."

Reference: Krogt, Altantes Neerlandici, Vol. III, 342:01

code : M4455

Cartographer : Petrus BERTIUS

Date : 1618

Size : 10*14 cms

availability : Available

Price : £165

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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.