• Italy & Corsica, 1619


    Beautifully detailed, hand colored map of Italy and Corsica, done in 1619 by Peter De Bert (Bertius). This piece is in good overall condition, with pinholes and some paper loss apparent on all 4 corners. The map has also had some repairs (visible on back). Measures approximately 21 inches x 16 3/4 inches.  


    A little more about Peter Bertius: 


    In 1618 Bertius was given an appointment as a cosmographer to the court of Louis XIII. His career in cartography had started in 1598, with the publication of a Latin edition of a miniature atlas Caert Thresoor by Barent Langenes, which he translated as Tabulae contractae (1600). His Theatrum geographiae veteris had commended him to King Louis.  When his academic prospects in the Netherlands were cut down, he went to France.  He became in 1620 a convert to the Roman Catholic Church, and also whereupon professor of rhetoric at the Collège de Boncourt, a part of the University of Paris. In 1622 Louis XIII set up a new personal chair in mathematical sciences in the royal college for Bertius, and granted him the title of royal historian. He died in Paris. 


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