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The First Separately Map of the Philippine Islands

Nice example of the Bertius-Langenes map of the Philippines, which first appeared in the 1598 edition of Langenes Caert-Thresoor, published in Middelburg.

Engraved by Pieter Van der Keere, the map is drawn from the Linschoten map of 1595, with its peculiar east-west orientation for Palawan, whereas the Bertius rendering is taken directly from the Plancius map of 1592 which in turn was based on Bartolomeo Lasso. An example of the Linschoten map can be seen here: /gallery/detail/45375.

The map was first issued in Caert-Thresoor and later re-published in by Bertius in his Tabularum Geographicarum, beginning in 1600, with the total number of appearances of this map running to no less than 12 appearances between 1598 and 1650 in the two works by Langenes and Bertius.

This map Insulae Philippinae from the Caert-Thresoor is best described as the Petrus Kaerius / Barent Langenes map, to distinguish it from the Jodocus Hondius / Petrus Bertius map Philippinae Insulae from the Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum.

States of the Map

  • First state: no scale of latitude along the bottom
  • Second state: Scale of latitude
  • Third state, with “f.18”  engraved in the bottom right-hand corner and no letterpress title (very rare)

An essential map for Philippine Collectors.