Fine copper plate engraving portrait of the famous geographer Petrus Bertius (1565 -1629).
Bertius became famous as geographer with his editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia (first edition 1618-19 at Jodocus Hondius the younger) and with his pocket atlas Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum which was published in several editions from 1600 on. The maps presented here are from the second edition of this atlas, printed 1602 in Amsterdam.
Besides his geographical work, Bertius also published numerous scientific writings on mathematics, history and theology. In 1618 he moved to Paris where he became geographer and historiographer of Louis XIII of France.