1600 Bertius Claesz Miniature Map of MADAGASCAR Africa
Beautiful miniature antique map of the island of Madagascar, printed more than 400 years ago.
The map is titled I.S. Lauretij , from the Portuguese name St. Laurence, and the image area measures 8.5 x 12.3 cm [3-1/2" x 5"]. North is oriented to the left and the Linea Aequinoctial cuts across the southern tip of the island. It is a rare and exceptional example from the Golden Age of Dutch cartography, and the scan below gives a closer look:
This map was engraved by Benjamin Wright, whose name appears just inside the neat line at the lower left. He was an Englishman working in Amsterdam in the last part of the 16th century. While in Amsterdam he engraved many of the plates for the second edition of Cornelis Claesz' Caert Thresoor , the book in which this map was published.
The text in the book was by Petrus Bertius, professor of mathematics at Leyden University, Amsterdam. Bertius was later cosmographer to Louis XIII of France, and his name is legendary in the annals of cartographic history.
The map is attractively hand colored, and t is French text on the verso, or reverse side. It is an original , authentic antique map, not a reproduction or modern reprint, and it is fully guaranteed to be genuine. Condition : T is a small tear in the lower margin,