Project Description

(B2) Title: “Descriptio Borneo Insulae” from Petrus Bertius’ Commentariorum Rerum Germanicarum libri tres published in Amsterdam by J. Janssonius (1616). Wood block engraved, hand colored. Image size is approx. 5 ½ x 4 inches (approx. 14 x 10 cm). Double matted with suede surface and nicely framed with museum glass. Frame size is approx. 11 ½ x 10 inches (approx. 29 x 25 cm).

Discussion: This miniature map of Borneo by Petrus Bertius is largely based upon that of his brother-in-law, cartographer, Pieter van den Keere who is credited with creating the first insular map of Borneo in 1595. This map by Bertius is oriented with north on the right and shows several towns along the western and southern sea boards. The eastern edge of the island (lower edge on this map) as depicted here is mostly hypothetical, whereas the information detailed on the western side was mostly gather from Portuguese records.

Condition: Leaf shows a little age toning, though overall remains in Near Fine condition. An exceptionally nice example of this scarce map.

Price: $600.00   Sold and Donated to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum  Thank You!!