Sancta Helena, Bertius, 1606

Bertius' miniature atlas Tabularum geographicarum contractarum libri quatuor. Cum luculentis singularum tabularum explicationibus used the maps from Langenes' Caert-Thresoor but contained completely revised text. The first edition of the Tabularum geographicarum was published in Amsterdam in 1600 and has the same Sancta Helena plate (engraved by Wright) as in the 1599 edition of the Caert-Thresoor.

Subsequent editions of the Tabularum geographicarum were published in Amsterdam in 1602/3 and 1606. The Sancta Helena plate is identical in both of these editions but is slightly different to the plate in the 1600 edition. This plate (size 121 by 88 mm; reproduced above from the 1606 edition) has some extra grass tufts on the map and vertical lining on the sea monsters. Most likely, the original Wright plate was re-touched to bolden the impression.

British Library shelfmark: Not in the catalogue
Library of Congress call number: G120 .B53 [1602] and G120 .B54 [1606]

Last updated: 19 December, 2011

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