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Nova Guinea et Ins. Salomonis (New Guinea, Solomon Islands) c1618

Nova Guinea et Ins. Salomonis (New Guinea, Solomon Islands) c1618

by Bertius, Petrus

Descriptio Novae Guineae &c. (Description of New Guinea etcetera).

Very early original copperplate-engraved map by cartographer Petrus Bertius (1565-1629) for the 1618 second editon of his miniature world atlas Tabularum geographicarum contractarum (Small edition of the world’s geography), first published in Amsterdam in 1616.) This map has wonderful detail of the northern coastlines of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with numerous place names and the southern coastlines and vague outline of northern Australia purely conjectural.

Bertius (sometimes known as Bert), grew up in Beveren in Flanders, but completed his studies in Amsterdam, where he moved to avoid religious persecution. At Leyden University he was professor of mathematics and librarian. After moving to Paris Bertius became Official Cosmographer to Louis XIII. A historian, Petrus Bertius illustrated his text with maps from the foremost engravers of the late 1500's and early 1600's, including Pieter Van den Keere and Jocodus Hondius.

Strong later hand-colour highlights the coastlines and cartouche.This paper is slightly age-discoloured as is to be expected of a map that is 400 years old. To plate mark measures 135 x 120mm (5.3/8 inches x 4.3/4 inches). Page size is 180 x 120mm (7.1/8 x 4.3/4 inches).

Stock Number: amNGSIpb88.PPrice: $425.00