Pieter Bertius “Malabar.” 1606


“Malabar.” From Pieter Bertius’ Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum. Amsterdam: Cornelis Claesz, 1606. Engraving by J. Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. Ca. 3 1/2 x 5. Latin text on verso.  Very good condition.

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An antique map of India from 1606.  This is an example from a wonderful set of early seventeenth century maps issued in a popular geography written by Pieter Bertius. These maps were engraved by the brothers-in-law, Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. The maps have a charm which comes from their fine engraving and small size, and they present some of the most up-to-date information of areas around the world available at the time.  This map shows the Indian subcontinent from Goa south, including the northwest corner of Ceylon.