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Miniature Map of Nova Zembla, Russia.

Bertius, Petrus/ Pieter. Petrus Kaerius/Pieter van der Keere; Jodicus Hondius. "Description de la Nova Zemle" Novæ Zemlæ delineatio. Amsterdam Jodicus Hondius Jr. 1616
Copper engraved map of Novaya Zemlya from Petrus Bertius' "Tabularum geographicum contractarum libri septum. " French text to verso describing the succeeding map.
The map shows the Nova Zembla Archipelago the most Northern land mass in Europe. There are many details to the Northern outer coast, but little to the frozen inland coast, a ship lies icebound in the inner sea.
Novaya Zemlya consists of two major islands, separated by the narrow Matochkin Strait, and a number of smaller islands. The two main islands are Severny and Yuzhny . Novaya Zemlya separates the Barents Sea from the Kara Sea.
Strap work title cartouche; compass rose, ship and fish to sea. Dark impression; light toning

Petrus Bertius, professor of Mathematics at Leiden University, later became Cosmographer and Historiographer to Louis XIII of France. He wrote many works both geographical and theological, contributing
geographical material to the works of Clüver and Herrera.
He wrote the text for the "Tabularum Geographicarumum" for Cornelius Claesz to replace that of the unknown author of the "Caert -Thressoor"of Barent Langenes which had appeared in 1598 published in Middleburg
The atlas with Bertius text was first published in 1600 by Claesz in Amsterdam with maps by Petrus Kaerius, Jodicus Hondius & Benjanin Wright, it was to be published in a number of editions.
This edition published in Germany by Mattias Becker for Henry Lorentsz the successor of Cornelius Claesz. with German text.
Koeman: Lan 11. 95 by 137mm (3¾ by 5½ inches).   ref: 2927  €80

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