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400 Year Old Map of Portugal – Portugallia – Cartrographer Jodocus Hondius Jnr for Geographer Petrus Bertius – 1616

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A striking copper engraved miniature map of Portugal engraved by Jodocus Hondius Junior to illustrate a geography book by Petrus Bertius published in Amsterdam in 1616. Bertius was only responsible for the Latin text what was titled “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum”.

The maps in this work were miniature renditions of the maps contained in the famous folio atlas by Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius Senior.

The maps are considered by authority Geoffrey King as the most beautiful set of miniature maps ever. Scarce.

On the death of Jodocus Hondius Junior in 1629 the miniature map plates came into the possession of William J Blaeu who used them in his own version in 1635.

Printed area 12.5cm by 9.0cm, with fine wash colouring. An attractive engraving with good detail. The map is aligned with North to the right [Not unsual for the period for maps to be presented this way]. With swash lettering, cartouche and distance scale.

We have included an additional image of the map aligned North to the top for those confused by the "horizontal" presentation. Also, we have provided an image of the title page of Tabularum Geographicarum ... taken from Geoffrey King's reference. We have a copy of King's book for sale for those interested in collecting and/or understanding the history behind the creation of beautiful small scale maps.

Price $160.00 unframed ... $280.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style.

High quality map of Portugal from 1616

Price: $160.00

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