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Potosi, Bolivia

Bertius, Petrus/ Pieter. Petrus Kaerius/Pieter van der Keere; Jodicus Hondius. "Descriptio Nova Hispaniæ" Peru. Amsterdam Jodicus Hondius Jr. 1616
Copper engraved view of Potosi, Bolivia from Petrus Bertius' "Tabularum geographicum contractarum libri septum. " Latin text to verso describing the succeeding map.
The view shows the town of Potosí at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí, sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico "rich mountain", it was popularly believed to be made of silver ore. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí's historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. Dark impression.

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. 100 by 128mm (4 by 5 inches).   ref: 2933  €80

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