Very attractive map of Paris and and the surrounding area from Amiens,Mante to Fontaine bel-eau.Orientated with North to the left of map.Two small cartouches.Forests.V.good hand colour.V.good condition.SOLD

code : M305

Cartographer : Petrus BERTIUS

Date : 1616 Amsterdam

Size : 9.5*13.5cms

availability : Available

Price : £65

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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.