Bertius, Petrus

Fine 1616 map of Mexico, Yucatan, Nicaragua and offshore islands

Descriptio Americae: Iucatana

DESCRIPTION: Attractive original engraved map of the Yucatan Peninsula (Iucatana), Southern Mexico and Nicaragua by Petrus Bertius.

Petrus Bertius' 1616 map of the Yucatan Peninsula (Iucatana) and a portion of Central America is hand colored with attractive hachuring in the oceans that provides an interesting dimensionality to this scarce artifact.

Very scarce original reduced-size version created by Bertius in 1616 to meet the demands of a growing and cost conscious market. This very fine map covers a wide area that includes the western portion of Cuba, northern Nicaragua, Honduras, the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Mexico (Nova Hispanie Pars).

Petrus Bertius (1565 – 1629)

Cartographer, theologian, historian, and geographer Petrus Bertius was born in Beveren-aan-de-Ijzer, a village in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The village is located near the border with France.

The son of Flemish preacher, Pieter Bardt, Bertius was related by marriage to cartographers Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere. Petrus Bertius studied at the University of Leiden and later traveled in Germany and Russia. In 1620 he emigrated to France and he was appointed as a cosmographer to the Court of Louis XIII.

CREATOR: Bertius, Petrus



BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Mexico

CONDITION: Very good.  No issues. Text on verso.

COLORING: Hand colored.


SIZE: 5 " x 4 "


PRICE: $275


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