Very Scarce set of World & Continents from the French edition of the of the Langenes/Bertius Atlas derived from the Barent Langenes 'Caert Thresoor' of 1598. Langenes was the printer, Claesz the publisher, Bertius wrote the text for the Latin editions, and the plates were engraved by Hondius.Excellent hand colour. A very good set from this rare edition.(The only set I could find was sold at auction for $2400inc premium).

Very good condition.

Ref: World - Shirley #211; America - Burden #92; Asia - Yeo #18.

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code : M1806

Cartographer : LANGENES Barent

Date : 1598-1600 Amsterdam

Size : 8.5*12.5cms

availability : Available

Price : £1450

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Barent Langenes

Langenes was a publisher in Middelburg about whom little is known except that he produced the first edition of a very well known miniature atlas, the 'Caert-Thresoor'.

The atlas was published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam, the foremost publisher of the day. The copperplates were engraved by brothers-in-law Jodocus Hondius and Petrus Kaerius, the most skilled engravers of the day.

The Caert-Thresoor

The Caert-Thresoor, a small atlas of the world in oblong format, appeared in 1598; thereby, its publishers wrote a new page in the history of atlas cartography. The preparations for this prototype of the new generation of Dutch pocket atlases began around 1595. At that time, Cornelis Claesz commissioned the skilled engravers Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere to engrave the maps. An unnamed young writer and poet - in Burger's opinion, it was Cornelis Taemsz of Hoorn - was called upon to write the accompanying text. Claesz wanted his Caert-Thresoor to outshine the similar small world atlases that had been produced thus far in Antwerp. In this way, he set out to spark interest in and knowledge of geography among the public at large in the Northern Netherlands. In view of the various reprints, editions, and adaptations of this work in Dutch, French, and Latin, obviously the Amsterdam publisher was quite successful in that endeavor.